Lake Forest police are unclear about the origin of a $100 counterfeit bill that a 16-year-old male resident is believed to have attempted to pass at a business on north Western Avenue in the late afternoon on October 17, Deputy Chief Karl Walldorf told GazeboNews.
He said the teenager tried to make a small purchase with the bill in order receive a large amount of change in return. An eyewitness told GazeboNews the incident took place at the BP gas station and car wash. He said a teenager tried to buy a candy bar but was thwarted when the cashier called police because the bill looked suspicious. The witness also said the teenager had arrived at the station in the passenger seat of a Porsche.
Walldorf said the suspect left before officers arrived at the scene but was located just a short distance away. He said the teen was uncooperative with regards to where he obtained the bill, and that he was released to a parent after admitting to the offense.
In Illinois, juveniles are not charged with a misdemeanor or felony like adults, according to Walldorf. Therefore, he said, the report and any related charges (in this case, forgery) will be referred to Lake County Juvenile Court, where the case will be handled by state’s attorneys and judges who specialize in juvenile offenses. All juvenile proceedings are confidential.