Police are warning West Island residents about yet another scam designed to rob them on the street, this one involving a gift of jewelry and a tale of honouring a dead relative. The warning follows two separate incidents that took place in St. Laurent, both them on September 17. In the first incident, which occurred at about 11:30 a.m. on Cazeneuve St., a man was approached by four English-speaking people, two men and two women, all in their thirties. One of the men in the group told a tale of having to give a gift of two gold rings in order to commemorate the death of his father and, placed two gold rings on the victim’s hand. The second suspect, also one of the men repeated the same story and, put a gold necklace around the victim’s neck. Only after the party had left did the victim realize his own gold necklace had been stolen. “If someone is offering you gold, be skeptical,” said Montreal police community relations officer Pierre Fauchier at Station 7 in St. Laurent. A similar ploy was used later the same day on Décarie Blvd. to trick two older women, Fauchier said. In this case, the suspects were two women in their thirties. They spoke Italian.
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