Wednesday Aug 18 2010
Couple arrested for extorting Chinese restaurant
Auburn duo claimed they found roach in food
Police arrested an Auburn couple Wednesday for allegedly trying to extort money from a local Chinese restaurant. Larry Warren Bosworth, 39, and Rebecca Lynn Bosworth, 36, were charged with conspiracy to commit extortion and extortion Wednesday afternoon after they were arrested at an Auburn coffee shop. The Bosworths reportedly approached the owner of an Auburn Mandarin/Chinese restaurant and told them they found a cockroach in take-out food they purchased from the eatery two weeks ago, according to Sgt. Dave Lawicka with the Auburn Police Department. The couple allegedly told the owner they would not file a report with the Department of Health and Human Services or call local media if the owner would pay them a large sum of cash. The owner agreed to further discuss the matter at a coffee shop located on Bell Road in Auburn. At that meeting, the Bosworths reportedly reiterated their demand and the owner said she needed to talk to her husband before deciding, Lawicka said. “The Bosworths gave the victim a short time period to decide before they filed their complaint,” Lawicka said. “The victim contacted the Auburn Police Department to inquire the legality of the Bosworth’s demands.” Working with Auburn Police detectives, the owner of the restaurant called the Bosworths and agreed to meet their demands. The owner and couple met again at the coffee shop where the owner of the restaurant gave the Bosworths a check. Detectives were watching the transaction unfold and arrested the couple after they left the scene. Both Larry and Rebecca Bosworth were booked into Placer County Jail Wednesday, Lawicka said. The Auburn Police Department is asking anyone that may have knowledge of any similar acts or a contact with the Bosworths to contact Detective Adam Cline at (530) 823-4237 ext. 238.