Teens pass counterfeit cash at Sonic

A Jonesboro Police Department patrol car. Photo by Stan Morris.

JONESBORO, Ark. – Imagine getting a felony criminal record over an 87 cent drink at Sonic.

The risk-reward ratio simply does not make sense but a group of teens didn’t let that stop them, according to a report made with Jonesboro Police Department.

Around 2:30 p.m. Monday afternoon, police were dispatched to Sonic on Gee Street in Jonesboro, where a customer had ordered a small drink for 87 cents. The car hop brought the drink out and the man barely rolled his window down, took the drink, and paid with a $20.

The car hop said she would need to get change and went inside to do just that. However, she realized once inside she was holding a fake $20 bill. She turned around and saw the suspect vehicle backing out and leaving.

The car was an older 4-door maroon Ford Taurus with “three to four black males in it,” according to the report. They were believed to be between the ages of 15 and 18.

Passing counterfeit money, even if it’s for an 87 cent small drink, is a felony forgery charge.

If you have any information which can assist police, call Crimestoppers at 935-STOP.

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