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Women facing charges over fake banknotes

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A motorist driving a stolen vehicle is alleged to have left an East Tamaki petrol station without paying for fuel on September 25. Times file photo

Two women have been arrested and charged over a string of incidents that began when the driver of a stolen vehicle allegedly drove off from an east Auckland petrol station without paying for fuel.

The alleged theft happened in East Tamaki on September 25.

Counties Manukau South Police area commander, Inspector Joe Hunter, says the vehicle involved was next seen by police in Pukekohe on November 17.

“One of our police units stopped the same stolen vehicle in a car park and found the two alleged offenders inside.

“The vehicle had an illegal, manufactured registration plate, and the plate of another vehicle attached.

“Our staff invoked a search of the vehicle and its occupants and found various items of drug paraphernalia and a small quantity of methamphetamine.

“We also found 41 counterfeit $50 banknotes, and five $5 counterfeit notes in the handbag of one of the offenders, as well as three counterfeit $50 banknotes in the glove box.”

The two women, aged 39 and 35, are scheduled to appear in the Pukekohe District Court today, November 22, facing theft, bail breach and possesses forged banknote charges.

Police encourage anyone who’s been given counterfeit banknotes to report it as soon as possible.

“If you believe someone is trying to pass you a counterfeit note, do not accept it.

“If you find you’ve already received a counterfeit note, put it in an envelope to avoid handling it further and get in touch with police.

“You can phone police on 105 or you can also give information anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

“Where possible, police seek footage of persons using or attempting to use counterfeit currency so please include footage and still images when reporting to police online.

“It is important businesses involved in handling money are aware of security features within New Zealand bank notes.”

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