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A Caledonia man tried passing a counterfeit $20 in a McDonald’s drive-thru, according to court records.

Robert D. Hess, 26, is charged with uttering a forgery for the Tuesday afternoon incident.

According to the criminal complaint:

Police were called to McDonald’s, 2610 S. Green Bay Road, in Racine about 3 p.m. for a report of a customer who tried buying food using a suspected counterfeit $20 bill. A store employee said when the cashier checked the $20 with a pen used to test bills for their authenticity, it made a black mark, indicating it was a counterfeit.

Store employees told the customer the bill was fake, and he provided a second bill from a stack in his hand. That bill also tested fake.

After the second bill was returned, the store employees said he took out his wallet and completed the transaction.

Store employees said Hess and a passenger had been in the store that morning, and appeared “hesitant” and “nervous.” They left without making a purchase.

The store employees noted the license plate number of the vehicle in the drive-thru. Police later found the vehicle, which was registered to Hess. Inside the vehicle police found $350 in counterfeit currency.