Music Store Says Woman Spent Fake $100 Bills To Buy Guitar

WEST JORDAN, Utah — Police were hoping to identify a woman who, according to employees at a music store, used six counterfeit $100 bills to buy a guitar.

Guitar sales specialist Aly Melendez said the woman came late Saturday night to Riverton Music, located at 7742 South Campus View Drive, and said she was going on a trip to Las Vegas and wanted to buy a new guitar.

“We talked for quite a while about different styles of music that we liked, she told me that she was an artist and that she liked to paint, so I got really excited because I like to paint too and we talked about the different guitars we were playing,” Melendez says. “It was compelling. It was just like another customer.

After looking at several guitars and apparently playing four, Melendez said the woman finally settled on a Taylor GS Mini-E guitar.

“We went to the cashier, called her and everything,” Melendez recalled. “I was doing everything I was trained to do – checking with the pen and marking and all that sort of thing and everything seemed fine.”

Still, Melendez said a comment the woman made with her.

“When I was checking the hundreds, she was like, ‘so you’re gonna check the $20 too, right?'” the worker said. “I was like, ‘oh yeah, that’s what I’m supposed to do’, so I checked the $20. Everything seemed fine, and then this morning when my colleague went to deposit the deposit in the bank , the bank told him, ‘hey, by the way, six of them are counterfeit.’

Melendez said that although she followed procedures, she did not regularly deal with bills. She said a banker was able to determine that the money didn’t feel right and that two of the bills had the same serial number.

“I mean, really for me, it’s just sad,” assistant principal April Dickson said. “We’ve all been so affected by the pandemic and we’re coming back and really trying to have a successful business and work with everyone we can. How can we keep our costs low if we have to cover things like this? »

Officers drove through the store on Monday afternoon as part of their investigation into what happened.

A West Jordan police spokesperson said it was too preliminary to determine whether the woman intentionally spent the fake $100, but investigators still wanted to find and speak to her.

Riverton Music circulated surveillance video and stills of the woman, who appeared to have dark blonde hair and was wearing a pink long-sleeved top and a patterned skirt or dress.

Anyone with information about the case has been asked to call the West Jordan Police Department at 801-840-4000.

Melendez said she wanted to share what happened in hopes of alerting other businesses in the area.

“Be on the lookout for anything out of the ordinary,” Melendez said. “Even if it seems normal, it may not be.”

Alice P. Darby