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Thieves print their own money and use the cash to buy items for sale on Craigslist

By Mason White 4:15 AM January 11, 2016
The fake money printed by the thieves 

By: Chan Yuan
Three thieves were arrested after being caught printing their own money and buying items for sale on the Internet, police in Washington said.

Detectives from the Major Crimes Task Force (MCTF), began an investigation involving an individual that was purchasing items listed on “Offer Up” and “Craigslist,” and using counterfeit currency to pay for merchandise.

Detectives had information involving an attempted theft of a Rolex watch using counterfeit money that occurred in the Bellevue area.

With the assistance of a previous fraud victim, detectives listed a Rolex watch on the website “Offer Up.”

Almost immediately after posting the advertisement for the watch, an individual contacted and MCTF undercover detective via the undercover phone that had been listed in the ad.

After speaking with the caller, detectives believed that he was the same suspect involved in the Bellevue fraud incident. The individual requested information on the Rolex watch that was listed on the “Offer Up” posting.

The individual attempted to negotiate a price for the watch, which ended up being $5,100.

The purchaser contacted detectives via the phone number, and set up a location to meet and purchase the watch in the City of SeaTac on Pacific Highway, South.

The meeting was set for 5:00 p.m., in the bar of a restaurant.

At about 5:30 p.m., police observed two possible suspects arrive in a vehicle, which parked in the parking lot of the restaurant.

Eventually, one suspect got out of the car and after nervously looking around the area, went into the restaurant and met with the undercover detective.

Both suspects were very nervous and repeatedly looked around the area prior to entering the restaurant. At 6:00 p.m., the suspect made the transaction for the watch with the undercover MCTF detective.

The suspect was immediately arrested in the restaurant while the second suspect was arrested in the getaway vehicle, which was parked with the engine running in the lot.

Once they were arrested, the suspects were taken to the East Precinct for questioning. Approximately $5,100 in counterfeit currency was confiscated from one of the men.

It appears that these suspects have been doing this scam for a while, utilizing counterfeit cash, primarily $100 bills and $50 bills, to purchase items on “Craigslist” and “Offer Up.”

After questioning the suspects, it was determined that the suspects were manufacturing the counterfeit money out of a house in Des Moines.

Detectives seized four printers used to print counterfeit money, two garbage bags full of uncut counterfeit currency, two guns and two stolen motorcycles.

A third suspect was arrested at the home. All three suspects were booked into the King County Jail.