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Two Sought in Phony Gold Bar Scam Targeting OC Women

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Police in Brea were searching Friday for two men accused of using fake gold bars as part of a scam to rob women they approached in store parking lots.

The latest incident occurred Sept. 5 in a Walmart parking lot in the 2500 block of East Imperial Highway.


Surveillance photos of men sought in OC gold bar scam.

According to police, a woman was approached by a man who asked for her help selling “gold bars” because he was desperate for money.

During the conversation, the man’s accomplice approached the pair and pretended to confirm the authenticity of the gold, police said.

He was ultimately able to convince the woman to help sell the bars in exchange for part of the proceeds.

The woman agreed to drive the men to another location to have bars appraised.

While driving out of the Walmart parking lot, police said one of the men took out a knife and forced the woman to drive to her bank and withdraw money.

The woman was then forced to taken the men back to the Walmart parking lot where they drove off in their own vehicle, possibly a red Toyota RAV4, police said.

Police said the men were targeting women with children and Spanish-speaking women.

The first man was described as 60 to 70 years old, 5 feet 2 inches tall.  He was missing his two front teeth and walked with a limp.

The second man was described as 40 to 50 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall with a mustache.

Police said the men were responsible for similar crimes in Stanton and Westminster.

Anyone with information was asked to call Brea police at 714-990-7677.

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