Territorians are being warned to keep an eye out for fake money circulating in the community.
A group of people allegedly broke into a business on Wilkinson Street in Alice Springs and stole a quantity of fake bills on Monday night.
Police say the fake notes are used for film and TV production.
Officers say there are key differences between legitimate currency and the fake money which include:
- Sir John Monash and Dame Nellie Melba being replaced with Steve Irwin and Alf from Home and Away
- The Australian Masked Owl and Native wattle in place of a mining haul truck
- Shine of Remembrance is now John Farnham
- The word Australia has been shortened to Straylia
Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Robert Kent says investigators are still trying to determine how much fake money was stolen.
“It may include $10, $20, $50 and $100 dollar bills.”
“Police would suggest maybe taking a quick glance at any bills received for the next few weeks to make sure you’re getting the real thing.”
Anyone with information about the break-in and theft is urged to contact police on 131 444 and quote reference number 10154370.