PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Police are advising local businesses to double-check any cash they accept after fake “movie money” worth $1 million was allegedly stolen from a car in Newport on Thursday .
A car was broken into on the north end of Newport yesterday, although police did not say exactly where or when. Along with other items, the car owner reported that $1 million in incidental cash was taken, all in denominations of $10, $20 and $100.
All dollar bills are said to be marked “For cinematic use only” and “Copy,” but officials say the money from the movie is still very similar to real US currency. They say the same type of prop money has created problems for companies in the past.
“The Newport Police Department would like to take this opportunity to warn local businesses and the public about ‘counterfeit’ currency that may begin to circulate and remind everyone to use their due diligence, especially in light of this theft, in the correct identification of any currency. you take,” Newport PD said in a statement. “Besides the obvious imprint, warning that the currency is for cinematic use only, it will also differ from genuine U.S. currency.”
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Officer Jon Humphreys with Newberg PD and reference case # 22N-00610.