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FLUSHING—Police were searching for two men in connection with three incidents of grand larceny in Flushing.

In each incident the suspects contacted the victims by phone, pretending to be handymen and offering their services, according to police. The suspects would then inform victims that during a previous construction project they had found a bag of gold and were willing to sell it at a discounted price. The suspects would then meet the victims and provide them with a piece of gold they claimed was cut from the recovered gold. The victims would then take the piece of gold and test its quality. The suspect would then sell the victim the fake gold for an agreed price, police said.

The first incident took place July 29 at 11 a.m., when a 54-year-old man met with the suspects on College Point Boulevard and agreed to buy the fake gold for $80,000, police said.

A second incident was reported Oct. 3 at 9 a.m. In that incident, according to police, a 60-year-old man met with the suspects on Leavitt Street and purchased fake gold for $140,000

The third incident took place Oct. 5 at 3 p.m., when police said a 50-year-old man met with the suspects on Main Street and purchased fake gold for $40,000.

Police described one of the suspects as a 5-foot-8 Asian man, weighing 150 pounds and last seen wearing a gray shirt and blue jeans.

The second suspect is a 5-foot-7 Asian male, weighing 150 pounds and last seen wearing a light-colored shirt, black pants and white sneakers.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

Updated 12:32 am, July 10, 2018
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