Business owners are being warned about fake banknotes bearing the likenesses of the late Australian icon and Home And Away star.
On Monday, thugs entered the Wilkinson St premises in Alice Springs in the Northern Territory and stole counterfeit money used for film and television production.
But there are a few distinctive features that distinguish the cash from the real $100 bill – most notably, the traditional images of Sir John Monash and Dame Nellie Melb have been replaced by crocodile hunter Steve Irwin and Home and Away’s Alf.
Other striking differences include an Australian barred owl and an indigenous wagtail rolling into a quarry truck, legendary singer John Farnham taking on the Shine of Remembrance team, and the word Australia being shortened to Straylia.
Acting Senior Sergeant Robert Kent said a variety of fake notes could potentially be circulated in the community in an attempt to trick residents.
“At this stage, investigators are not sure how much counterfeit money was stolen, but it could be $10, $20, $50 and $100 bills,” he said.
“Police suggest you may want to take a look at any bills received over the next few weeks to make sure you’re getting the real thing.”
Anyone with information is asked to call 131 444 and quote 10154370.