Newark Man Passing Fake Bills Stole $20, Chips, Soda from Dollar General

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NEWARK, NJ – It was a high-stakes, low-reward robbery in Newark last week when a man tried to pass a counterfeit $50 bill for a purchase at the Dollar General store, but instead committed a robbery, stealing $20 and some snacks before fleeing.

Now, he’s wanted by the Newark Police Department.

Acting Newark Public Safety Director Raul Malave requests the public’s help with identifying the below-pictured suspect in connection with a robbery at a discount store on June 20, 2022.

“Police responded to a call about a robbery that occurred at approximately 8 p.m. at the Dollar Tree, located in the 100 block of South Orange Avenue. The suspect, who was captured on surveillance video, attempted to use a counterfeit $50 to purchase some items,” Malave said. “When an employee noticed the fake bill, the suspect became angry and began to take money from the register. After a struggle ensued with the employee, the suspect took $20 from the register, potato chips and sodas, and ran out of the store headed southbound on South Orange Avenue.”

The suspect, a Black male with a full beard and long dreadlocks, was wearing a red cap, black short sleeve shirt, black pants and dark-colored slippers.