Fitchburg police arrest two for fake gold jewelry scam

FITCHBURG, Wis. — Police in Fitchburg say they have arrested two people after allegedly carrying out a fake jewelry scam.

The Fitchburg Police Department says someone called 911 at about 3 p.m. Wednesday to report they were with two people at a local credit union who were allegedly trying to sell fake gold jewelry. Officers who responded to the scene saw a car drive out of the credit union before they pulled the car over.

Police say they learned from the caller that the two people had previously approached them at a gas station, telling a story of their struggle to get money to travel to Florida. The pair gave the caller what they claimed was gold jewelry in exchange for food and gas. After the caller bought the food and gas, the pair allegedly offered to sell more jewelry for cash, and the victim drove them to the credit union, where they called police.

Fitchburg Police say officers were able to confirm the jewelry was not only not gold, but had no significant value.

The pair, a 43-year-old from New Jersey and a 21-year-old from Washington, were arrested. A 14-year-old who was also traveling with the two was released to a family member.

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