New York State Police warn a counterfeiter may be operating in the Southern Tier. 

Troopers in Horseheads say a woman made purchases at Party City, Panera Bread and Five Guys stores near Elmira using fake $100 bills on January 5. 

surveillance photo provided by NYS Police
surveillance photo provided by NYS Police

The woman is seen on surveillance film wearing pink shirt and matching pants.  She appears to be a black woman, of average height and stocky build.

She may have been driving a gray Honda sedan with unknown registration.

Area merchants may want to be on heightened alert to the possibility of counterfeit money being circulated in the region.

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