Published: Nov 29, 2010 9:34 PM EST
Updated: Nov 29, 2010 6:34 PM EST

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla - Charlotte County Sheriff’s detectives are asking the public for help in identifying a man who passed and attempted to pass counterfeit $50 bills at two Circle-K stores early this morning in the Punta Gorda area.

CCSO received a call from a clerk at 5169 Duncan Rd. (U.S. 17) in Cleveland at 12:09 a.m. after a black male made a purchase with the fake bill then left the store. The man then went to the Circle-K at 6117 Duncan Rd. near I-75 east of Punta Gorda. The clerk there denied a purchase after checking and discovering the bill was fake.

Detectives said the suspect is a black male is 20 to 30 years old, 5’7” to 5’9” tall, 175 pounds, wearing a black knit cap, black shirt, black leather jacket, blue jeans, and white sneakers. The man had two gold front teeth. In both cases he was an occupant in a white or silver mini-van that also had two passengers; one unknown, the other a white male. The vehicle was last seen heading toward I-75.

If anyone has information about the identity of this person, please call CCSO Detective Chris Farley at 941-639-2101, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).