Fake police officers take Paris pensioner’s gold

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).

Fake police officers take Paris pensioner's gold
The thieves took 13 gold bars, each weighing one kilogramme. Photo: Hto2008

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.