Police: Antique money gives away Mass. robbery suspect

The reverse of a small-size $1 US Silver Certificate from a series issued 1928-1934 looks like this. They're commonly referred to as 'funnybacks.'

The reverse of a small-size $1 US Silver Certificate from a series issued 1928-1934 looks like this. They’re commonly referred to as ‘funnybacks.’

BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — Police say a man who stole antique money during a home invasion in Hyannis, Mass., made a critical mistake when he tried to spend the cash just hours later.

Barnstable police arrested Marcel Young at a Hyannis bar at about 1 a.m. Thursday after staff called police to say a man had tried to pay for a drink with a bill they thought was counterfeit.

It wasn’t fake, it was just currency that dated to 1934.

It just so happened that bills from that era were among $3,000 stolen during an armed home invasion at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The 35-year-old Young matched the description of one of two men who allegedly robbed the home. He was charged with home invasion and armed robbery.

Police are looking for the second suspect.

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The reverse of a small-size $1 US Silver Certificate from a series issued 1928-1934 looks like this. They're commonly referred to as 'funnybacks.'

The reverse of a small-size $1 US Silver Certificate from a series issued 1928-1934 looks like this. They’re commonly referred to as ‘funnybacks.’