Fake toonies hit Peterborough

The Peterborough Police Service (PPS) has altered the public about counterfeit $2 coins “that may be circulating” in the Southern Ontario city.

On April 19, more than a dozen counterfeit toonies were turned in to police.

“The coins had been found in the out chute of a coin machine at a Chemong Road plaza,” according to PPS communications manager Sandra Dueck, referencing an eight-kilometre stretch in the city’s north end.

While CCN contacted the PPS for more information about the recovered counterfeits, Dueck was unable to confirm their design or provide an image because the service’s identification unit is analyzing the coins.

Anyone with information is asked to call the PPS at 1-705-876-1122 (extension 555) or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at stopcrimehere.ca.

This January, about 300 kilometres east of Peterborough in Hawkesbury, Ont., the Ontario Provincial Police issued a warning about fake toonies featuring the phrase “Z DOLLARD” plus a seal and a man’s effigy instead of “2 DOLLARS,” a polar bear and Queen Elizabeth II, respectively.

It’s unknown whether the fakes recently found in Peterborough are the “DOLLARD” coins.

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