Paroled counterfeiter suspected in Indy Craigslist scam

Runny ink on bills given for PS3 was 1st clue

INDIANAPOLIS - Police suspect a paroled counterfeiter might be behind ripping off a south Indianapolis family that listed a PlayStation 3 game console for sale on Craigslist.

The victims listed their PS3 for sale on the site and then arranged to sell the console to a man, who arrived at their home near East Morris Street and South East Street Monday morning.

The victims told police he appeared to be "strung out" or "high." He wore a black hooded sweatshirt and white stocking cap as he handed over a $100 bill and a $20 bill for the purchase.

Within moments of the man leaving with the PS3, the victim told Indianapolis police he noticed the ink running on the two bills, so he immediately suspected they were counterfeit.

Police arrived at the family's home and immediately placed a call to the phone number that was used to arrange the meeting with the buyer. Police said the person answering the phone refused to answer police questions and kept hanging up on the officer.

Police traced the phone number to the west Indianapolis home of a man who had recently been paroled from prison for a past counterfeiting crime, officers wrote in their report.

No charges were immediately filed, but officers listed the parolee as their prime suspect in the crime.

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