KEENE, N.H. >> A Chesterfield man was taken into custody Friday, suspected of passing forged $100 bills at three different locations in Cheshire County.
According to a press release from the Keene Police Department, Peter Giandalone, 22, was identified as the man who made a $5.99 purchase with a forged $100 bill at the Circle K at 410 West St. Prior to accepting the bill, the clerk used a money marker on the bill and it turned the appropriate color. The investigating officer noted that the paper bill itself is real, but it appears to have been a $20 bill printed over to now display as a $100 bill. The strip within the bill reads "USA TWENTY." Although the bill now presents the "100" at each corner and the centered figure is clearly Benjamin Franklin, the watermark on the right side is Andrew Jackson.
The same suspect passed a forged $100 bill at the CVS at 268 West St. on May 2. Also, on May 2, the suspect passed a forged $100 bill at the T-Bird Mini Mart at 465 West St. The bills passed were of the same composition as the bill passed at the Circle K.
Giandalone was identified through stills taken from video surveillance equipment. On May 12, the Keene Police Department obtained a search warrant for Giandalone's residence on Herrick Avenue in Chesterfield. As part of the search, a computer, a printer and chemicals were seized.
He is being held on $10,000 bill and has been cited with three counts of forgery.