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Police: Jewelry conman picked wrong mark

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RANDOLPH, Mass., Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Police in a Massachusetts town said a man selling fake gold picked the wrong mark when he approached the police chief, who also owns a jewelry store.

Randolph Police Chief William Pace, who co-owns the William and Kenneth Fine Jewelry store, said he was in civilian clothes at a Sudbury Farms store Sunday when Johnnie Butts, 48, approached him and offered to sell him fake jewelry he claimed was gold, The Patriot Ledger, Quincy, Mass., reported Wednesday.

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"I told him this is really not his day. First of all, I'm a cop, and second of all, I'm in the jewelry business," Pace said.

Pace said Butts will be issued a summons to appear in court on a charge of attempting to commit larceny by false pretense. He said investigators are looking into whether he managed to sell any of the fake gold.

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