Update: Photos of subjects of interest as provided by Hope Police Dept. for media release on Friday
By Rick Kennedy, managing editor
Late Tuesday afternoon, the Hope Police issued a statement on its own Facebook page regarding three subjects, posing as shoppers, at the Hope Walmart allegedly passing off counterfeit bills as well as exchanging undisclosed items for refunds.
The Facebook statement said, “On October 8, 2018, a black male and two black females (unknown identity) passed $620 (42 bills) of counterfeit money at Walmart in Hope, AR.”
“It appears that all three subjects took items into Walmart and received a refund, then purchased more items using the counterfeit bills. All of the bills were either $20 bills or $10 bills. The Hope Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in identifying the three subjects,” the statement read.
The Hope Police statement concluded soliciting the public’s help in identifying the subjects, and refers callers to contact Det. Eric Green of the Hope Police Dept. at 870-722-2563.
The incident marked the beginning of a curious week of abnormal police activity for the Hope Walmart, which is cited the counterfeit event as occurring on Monday, October 8, and then, Saturday, October 13, saw a bomb scare, where an unidentified female called in a bomb, allegedly placed in one of the store’s trash cans.
No explosive device was discovered after an extensive search by the Hope Police with the Hope Fire Dept. also on the scene Saturday, but the Hope Walmart was evacuated and closed for business for over an hour.