the colder weather there is also an increase of break-ins of empty buildings as some homeless individuals are looking for a place to stay warm. Suarez said the residential and commercial break-ins are being done when residents are not home and businesses are not open. He said it is very important citizens and business owners protect their properties with good surveillance and security systems and alarms. In one residential case, thieves tried to kick in a door, but ran away when the door chime sounded. Suarez said police have a number of ‘persons of interest’ in some of the burglaries that appear to have been done by the same group of individuals. While preliminary reports have not been completed in every case, all of the burglaries are under investigation and no arrests had been made by press deadline. Counterfeit currency Local police are also investigating at least three cases of counterfeit $20 bills being passed in the community in the past two weeks Both the MinitMart (formerly Acorn) and the Western Convenience gas stations have been victims of the bogus twenties and banks have also turned in at least three counterfeit $20 dollar bills. The counterfeit bills the World Journal examined this week are a modern, with the enlarged Andrew Jackson portrait. The bad notes are trimmed smaller in size than a genuine bill, do not contain the security threat on the left hand face side of the note, are darker and are badly copied especially in the area of the bill’s bottom right hand face side where the $20 numerical image is located. On one example, the numerical image was so badly blurred it was hardly recognizable. The paper used in the counterfeits show they were copied, not washed, but some of the bills in police custody do show they were marked with a security pen that did not indicate they were fakes. The counterfeits that have been turned in to Walsenburg Police, so far, all have different serial numbers. Business owners and civilians should closely examine the money they are taking over the counter and receiving in change. It should be noted it is illegal to keep counterfeit US currency or attempt to pass it alone to someone else. It is advised people should check all denominations of currency, especially $20, $50 and $100 bills as these are the ones most often counterfeited. Some local banks reported late last week, they had encountered fake $20 bills that have the enlarged portrait of Jackson surrounded by the oval frame.
Gary M. Vezzani was elected Walsenburg’s mayor in Tuesday’s special mayoral election/recall vote. Preliminary results announced Tuesday night show that both Nick Vigil in Ward