Camden woman arrested after selling fake gold bars

Rachel M  Zerbe

Rachel M. Zerbe

HARRINGTON – On April 1, the Harrington Police Department arrested Rachel M. Zerbe 36, of the 500 Block of Cow Marsh Creek Road in Camden after she sold fake gold bars to a local pawn shop.

According to Lt. Earl Brode, detectives from the Harrington Police Department were contacted by a local pawn shop owner to report that on March 24 and 25 Ms. Zerbe came to the victim’s pawn shop and allegedly sold what appeared to be gold bars to the victim.  The victim later tested the items and determined the gold bars were fake.

On April 1, Ms. Zerbe contacted the pawn shop again and advised the owner that she had more gold bars she wanted to sell.

The store owner called the police. Detectives entered the store and waited for Ms. Zerbe to arrive. During the course of the investigation detectives determined that the owner paid out more than $16,000 to Ms. Zerbe for the fake gold.

When she arrived she was taken into custody and police found the additional alleged fake gold bars she was attempting to sell.  She was transported to the Harrington Police Department for processing.  She was charged with two counts of theft by false pretense over $1,500 and one count of attempted theft by false pretense over $1,500.  She was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 2 and was released on a $6,000 bond.

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