KOKOMO, Ind. (WISH) – Soupley’s Wine & Spirits in Kokomo is fighting back after being hit repeatedly with counterfeit money.
“We’re losing the money plus whatever product they’re purchasing,” the owner of the chain, Kyle Rayl, said.
Rayl says they’ve been hit three times over the past month, and he says they’re now on-guard.
“[We know] that people are going to come in and try to deceive us to take advantage of the situation,” he said.
“They try and hit the newer employees sometimes who aren’t as experienced,” the manager of Soupley’s US 31 location, Kim Combs, said.
Soupley’s has 10 different locations in Kokomo.
Police say the store’s video cameras caught two men who walked into the North Washington Street location and attempted to use fake money.
“Sometimes they’ll have two people come in, and they’ll start talking to the employee and asking them questions to throw her off,” said Combs.
Kokomo police are also still working counterfeit cases at other businesses in the area. Police say they think the cases are related.
Soupley’s is now retraining employees on what to look out for when it comes to different money denominations.
24-Hour News 8 reached out to Kokomo police for additional information on this investigation but did not hear back.