France's news in English

Editions:  Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland

Fake police officers take Paris pensioner's gold

Share this article

Fake police officers take Paris pensioner's gold
The thieves took 13 gold bars, each weighing one kilogramme. Photo: Hto2008
16:06 CET+01:00
Two thieves posing as police officers gained access to a French pensioner's home on Wednesday and robbed him of 13 gold bars worth €450,000 ($510,000).

The fake officers showed up on the 69-year-old's doorstep in a Parisian suburb and told him they were investigating a gold robbery, a police source said.

"They asked him if he had any (gold). He responded he did and then showed them the gold bars," the source said.

"One of the two then distracted him with papers while the second stole the ingots."

The 13 gold bars weigh a kilo each and were stored in the man's cellar rather than in a safe, the source added.

The pensioner was unharmed.

 
Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

From our sponsors

Get a month's worth of your favourite newspapers and magazines - for free

Readly - the 'Spotify of magazines' - is offering readers of The Local a free month's worth of unlimited all-you-can-read magazines. All you need to do is answer one quick question.