MACEDONIA — Police are asking the public’s help in identifying two men suspected of passing 17 counterfeit $100 bills at the city’s Home Depot store in December.

According to a police report, a store employee reported Dec. 20 that the men purchased a large but unspecified number of cordless power tool batteries with the bills during the late morning and early afternoon. The employee said the men appeared to be together, but made purchases separately.

A standard counterfeit detector pen failed to indicate that the bills were counterfeit, but a second pen used to check watermarks on the bills did determine they were fake, the employee said.

Police said both men are black, with one wearing a blue puffy vest over a blue sweatshirt and a blue ball cap with red or orange lettering on it. The second man wore a black puffy jacket and green pants with red on them near the calf. The employee said that when the men left the store, they walked west towards Macedonia Commons Boulevard.

Police said the U.S. Secret Service is interested in the incident because serial numbers on the bills are new. The same two men are believed to have passed counterfeit bills at stores in Stow and Bainbridge, said police. Information from Stow police was not immediately available.

Anyone with information is asked to call Macedonia Police Detective Jay Hathaway at 330-468-1234. Tips can be given anonymously.

Reporter Jeff Saunders can be reached at 330-541-9431, jsaunders@recordpub.com or @JeffSaunders_RP.