Police Need Help Identifying Suspect Targeting Multiple Businesses

Smithfield Police need your help identifying a man wanted for allegedly targeting multiple businesses in the Smithfield area.

The suspect has been passing counterfeit $20 and $100 bills at local stores.

The latest incident occurred around 2:30pm Tuesday at Carroll Pharmacy on S. Brightleaf Boulevard.

The suspect made a small purchase and paid with the item with a fake $100 bill. An alert employee suspected the bill was counterfeit and declined to take the bill. The suspect left in a black BMW X5 SUV with tinted windows and the numbers scratched off the 30-day license plate driven by a second unknown black male suspect.  The vehicle was last seen traveling on US301 South towards Four Oaks.

The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two incidents on Tuesday where counterfeit $100 bills were passed at Lowes Foods on Highway 42 West at Highway 50.  Both suspects purchased inexpensive items and presented fake $100 bills for payment.  Similar incidents have happened at other Lowes Foods in the area.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect in the photo is asked to contact Smithfield Police at 919-934-2121 or the Smithfield Police Tip Line at 919-989-8835.