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The Wisconsin Crime Alert Network (WCAN) Helps Local Police Solve Counterfeit Cash Cases


Suspect’s gold tooth leads police to link cases.


MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is pleased to announce the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network (WCAN) has played a key role in helping local law enforcement solve a case of counterfeit cash, which investigators believe was used at several businesses.


On January 3, 2013, at 10:44 am, the Menomonee Falls Police Department issued a Counterfeit Alert through the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network.  A suspect had been taken into custody for passing a counterfeit $100 bill at a local fast food restaurant.  The suspect’s description included a gold front tooth.


On January 3, 2013, at 12:15 pm, the Manitowoc Police Department issued a Counterfeit Alert through the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network concerning a suspect that had passed counterfeit $100 bills at several local fast food restaurants.  Manitowoc police were attempting to identify their suspect.  The suspect also was noted as having a gold front tooth.


When Manitowoc police reviewed the Menomonee Falls WCAN Alert, they determined that the individual in custody in Menomonee Falls was the same suspect wanted in the Manitowoc cases.  The suspect’s description in the alert proved beneficial in solving these two cases. 


“Local businesses lose money and communities suffer when crimes like this one occur,” Attorney General Van Hollen said.  “Here again, the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network allowed local police to share information quickly and identify a suspect.”


Since it became operational in fall of 2011, more than 800 Wisconsin Crime Alert Network alerts have gone out.  Crimes in which the WCAN has played a key role include sexual assaults, endangered missing persons, as well as cases of theft and robbery.  Officers report several cases that were solved within one hour of using the WCAN. 


With the WCAN, law enforcement officers issue alerts at no cost either by fax, e-mail or text message to individuals and business owners, who may enroll online to receive alerts at a cost of $12 a year. To enroll or to learn more about the WCAN, visit the website


The WCAN also is hosting free crime prevention webinars for subscribers. The next scheduled training is Wednesday, January 30, 2013, from 2-2:30 pm.  It is entitled “Social Network Privacy:  How to Protect Yourself and Your children,” and it will cover how criminals are using social networking sites to facilitate identity theft.  Participants will learn what should remain private when using social media sites and other tips, strategies and tools for protecting sensitive, personal information.  Visit for details.