New Bedford police: Be on the lookout for movie money

Photos: New Bedford Police Department

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — The bills may read “for motion picture use only,” but New Bedford police say they were use in several real-life transactions at city businesses this week.

According to police, Jordan Lee Andrade was arrested after he tried to buy a water gun at Sam’s Store Mobil on Ashley Boulevard with the phony cash.

The clerk told Andrade he didn’t accept counterfeit money, police said, and the suspect left two of the bills on the counter upon fleeing the store.

Andrade, 25, of Tinkham Street, was charged with larceny under $250 by false pretenses and uttering a counterfeit note.

Police said similar bills were used in transactions within the past week at the Domino’s Pizza on Rockdale Avenue, the Auto Zone on Mt. Pleasant Street, and China Star on Kempton Street, but the incidents are not believed to be connected.

The bills are available for purchase online, according to police.

Officials are warning residents and businesses to use caution when dealing with $100 bills.

Anyone with information pertaining to the case is asked to call (508) 992-7463 or e-mail