Smithfield Police are asking businesses in the local area to be on the lookout for counterfeit money after several stores unknowingly received fake bills this week.
The incidents were reported Monday and Tuesday at CVS Pharmacy at 1180 N. Brightleaf Boulevard; Food Lion at 910 S. Brightleaf Boulevard; Burger King at 1932 E. Market Street; Perfumania at 1025 Outlet Center Drive, and Rue 21 at 1025 Outlet Center Drive.
Counterfeit $20, $50 and $100 bills were reportedly passed at the locations.
Police arrested two people Tuesday night in connection with the incidents at Perfumania and Rue 21. Tamir Jameek Jaiquan Grant, 21, of Charleston, SC and Tierra Lashay Robinson, 31, of Summerville, SC were arrested.
Grant was charged with forgery, obtaining property by false pretenses, and possession with intent to sell or deliver a controlled substance. Police said they seized 7 suspected ecstasy pills from Grant during his arrest. He was held under a $50,000 bond.
Robinson was charged with possession of counterfeit currency and jailed under a $25,000 bond.
Police said there is no evidence linking Grant and Robinson to the other cases and the counterfeit bills used at the other establishments had different serial numbers.
Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to contact Smithfield Police at 919-934-2121 or the Smithfield Police Tip Line at 919-989-8835.