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Watsonville Police arrest four fake jewelry salesmen suspects

WATSONVILLE, Calif. (KION-TV) UPDATE August 19, 2022, at 6:37 p.m.- Watsonville Police said they arrested three adults and a juvenile who were allegedly trying to sell fake jewelry Thursday.

They were located in the area of East Lake Avenue near a laundromat, trying to scam more people, said police. Officers arrested them before they could drive away.

A large amount of fake jewelry and money was found in the car. The four suspects were booked and taken to Santa Cruz County Jail and Juvenile Hall.

"Thanks to that social media post, we got a tip that the suspects had been spotted at the county fairgrounds and were making their way back into town Thursday afternoon," said Watsonville Police.

They will face robbery and theft by false pretenses charges, according to police. Watsonville Police also say the suspects are believed to be tied to another group of people conducting the same scam in the Watsonville area.

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Watsonville Police said they are looking for individuals that have been selling fake jewelry in town.

Several victims have reported to police that they have been offered "expensive" gold rings, necklaces and bracelets for gas money, said police.

"The jewelry appears to be real as the items have an 18K stamp on the inside of the rings and near the clasp on the necklaces and bracelets," said police. "Please know that the jewelry is FAKE. Do not give them any money.

People are encouraged to call 831-471-1151 with information on the scammers.

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