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.


"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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