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Jewel Thieves Pull 'Bait And Switch' With A Bag Of Gold

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Police are asking the public to help them catch a pair of “bait and switch” thieves who scammed a jewelry store owner in Fullerton in early November. While bargaining for several pieces of gold, the men reportedly swapped bags when the owner wasn’t looking.

Fullerton police Sgt. Andrew Goodrich said says incidents similar to this are also taking place in Garden Grove, reports CBS Local. “They’re similar MO. They go in, they distract the vendor, they swap the bags. Our detectives looked at that and looked at the Garden Grove detectives and they determined that the suspects are not the same suspects. At least the people that walk in the store.”

The Fullerton store caught the suspects swapping the phony goods on a surveillance video. According to CBS Local, both suspects are described as Latino males between the ages of 28 to 35 with short brown hair and brown eyes. One of the men is 5' 4", 185 pounds with tattoos on both arms, and one on his neck of lips with the words, “My Love.” The other suspect is 5' 2", about 225 pounds with a mustache.