By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Bakersfield Police are searching for two men wanted in connection with grand theft and burglary for a scam involving fake gold bars.
According to police, one of the suspects approached a woman at the Walmart store at 8400 Rosedale Highway, saying his family was hospitalized and he needed to sell a gold bar to pay the hospital bill.
The second suspect approached, and offered to buy the gold bar for $1,200. The first suspect told the woman he had a another gold bar for sale and convinced her to buy it. Both suspects accompanied her to a bank to withdraw the money and she purchased the gold bar.
Once taken to a jeweler, the bar was determined to be fake.
One suspect is described as a Hispanic male between 40 and 45 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 180 pounds, with salt and pepper hair, wearing a light colored long sleeve button-up shirt and dark jeans.
The second suspect is described as a Hispanic male between 40 and 50 years old, possibly with the first name "Javier," about average height and weight wearing a light blue dress shirt and designer type jeans.
Anyone with information about the identify of either suspect is asked to call Bakersfield Police at 327-7111 or Detective Brian Kennemer at 326-3858.