The Best Price Motel and Suites located at 2610 Interstate 10 in Orange was hit twice in one week by counterfeiters trying to pass fake twenty-dollar bills, according to reports from the Orange Police Department.
Officers were dispatched to the motel at approximately 3:12 p.m. on Feb. 28, police report, in response to a call regarding counterfeit currency. The owner of the motel told police he discovered the bill was a fake by marking it with a counterfeit detection pen. The ink turned a dark brown when the bill was marked, indicating the bill was not real. The owner said the bill had come into possession of the motel sometime between the morning hours of Feb. 27 and 3 p.m. Feb. 28.
The officer reported examining the bill. He observed he immediately knew it was fake because it was "heavier than a normal bill" and the back of the bill was upside down.
On March 1 at about 11:45 a.m., bad luck struck the Best Price Motel once again, and the business made a second call to police complaining of receiving counterfeit currency. An employee of Best Price reportedly told police he discovered two more fake twenty-dollar bills that had been used to pay for lodging at the motel. Police confiscated the phony cash.
Investigators are still looking into both incidents. No suspects have been identified at this time.