BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN) — A woman became the victim of a scam when she paid $1,500 for a piece of glass she was told was a diamond worth $30,000.
On April 1, according to Beaverton police, the victim was contacted by one of the suspects at a Goodwill store on Northwest Cornell Road. The suspect told the woman that her husband had been struck by a vehicle, and while getting hit, a suitcase containing gold and diamonds had fallen out of the vehicle.
At that point, the victim told detectives that a second suspect approached, was told the same story, and responded by stating that she had a friend who could both appraise and possibly purchase the diamonds. The second suspect claimed she was taking the diamonds to the appraiser, and later returned with an envelope she alleged contained $14,000 and a certificate of authenticity for the remaining two diamonds.
The suspect claimed her appraiser would be willing to purchase the diamonds. The first suspect then offered to sell one of the diamonds to the victim for $1,500. The victim and second suspect would then sell the diamond to the appraiser, and split the profits.
The victim took both suspects to her bank, withdrew $1,500 in cash, and gave it to the first suspect. She then agreed to meet the second suspect later that day. However, the second suspect never showed.
The victim then took the diamond to an appraiser, who informed her it was plastic and worthless.
Sketches of the two suspects have been released. The first is described as Hispanic, about 5-foot-5, 170 to 180 pounds, with short black hair in a ponytail, dark-colored eyes and a lot of freckles.
The second, who went by the name Ester, is described as Hispanic, about 5-foot-2, 140 pounds with red hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information on the case should contact Beaverton police at 503.629.0111.