Men try to sell gold, diamonds at nail salon

By: Cortney Casey | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published August 28, 2012


Sterling Heights police are warning residents and business owners to be on the lookout for a pair of men who attempted to make an unusual transaction at a nail salon on 17 Mile.

According to police, the men entered Tres Bon Nails, on 17 Mile, just east of Dequindre, around 6:30 p.m. Aug. 11, seeking to sell a gold bar and diamonds. As the salon was busy at the time, they were asked to return on Monday.

They did as requested, coming back around 10:20 a.m. Aug. 13. One man showed the store’s owner the gold and diamonds, indicating that the items were from Canada, and said he’d take any amount of money.

He asked her to accompany him to a jewelry store to verify the authenticity of the valuables.

The salon owner refused to go with the suspect, and when a family friend entered the store, a verbal altercation with the suspect ensued. Both suspects ultimately left the business without further incident, heading away from the scene in a vehicle described as an older-model silver Lexus.

The suspects are described as black men, both in their 30s. The one involved in the verbal altercation was bald, about 240 pounds and 6 feet 3 inches tall, with a dark skin tone and a large mole on his right cheek. He was last seen wearing a gray polo shirt, blue-and-white plaid shorts and sneakers.

His companion, also bald, had a medium skin tone and was about 6 feet 1 inch tall, 220 pounds, with light facial hair and glasses. He was last seen wearing a white shirt and plaid shorts.

As for why someone would enter a nail salon to try to sell gold and diamonds, “who knows?” said Lt. Luke Riley of the Sterling Heights Police Department. “It’s a real weird deal.”

Due to the obvious legitimacy questions that arise from someone trying to sell such valuable materials at a nail salon, or the possibility that the suspects were trying to lure the salon owner out of the store for other criminal purposes, police have classified the incident as “suspicious.”

Riley said police are working on getting more information on a similar situation that reportedly occurred in another jurisdiction to explore the possibility that the men have been making the rounds locally.

Anyone who has seen the men or who has any information on the incident is asked to call Sterling Heights police at (586) 446-2800.