Man caught trying to sell fake jewellery
Police said a San Juan man was arrested after trying to sell fake jewellery as authentic.
In a statement, the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) said the 22-year-old man advertised a pair of gold bracelets via social media and met a prospective customer in Sangre Grande.
The TTPS said Officers of the Sangre Grande Criminal Investigations Department and Special Operations Unit carried out an anti-crime exercise on Tuesday between 4 pm and 6 pm, during which they paid surveillance to persons suspected of fraudulent activities using social media platforms.
During the exercise, officers observed a suspect who had advertised a pair of gold bracelets for sale via social media and was contacted by interested persons in the Sangre Grande district.
The TTPS said the suspect allowed the customer to take the jewellery to be appraised at a jewellery store and even requested the sale take place near the Sangre Grande Police Station.
However, before handing over the bracelets, he quickly exchanged the genuine pair with a pair of gold-coloured costume jewellery bracelets of similar design.
When he was approached by officers, it was discovered that the suspect had already hidden the genuine pair of bracelets in his slipper.
The TTPS said he was arrested in connection with the incident.
Investigations are ongoing.