LEX 18 Crime Stoppers

Mar 11, 2014 1:28 PM

LEX 18 Crime Stoppers: Thief Steals $38,000 Ring

Lexington police have hit a road block in their search for a man who walked out of a jewelry store last month with an expensive ring in his pocket.

Police are now asking for the public's help in identifying the man whose scam works like a quick change scam, except he's using high dollar diamonds.

Back in February, the suspect walked into the North Locust Hill Diamond Masters on a Saturday morning and, by all accounts, he looked the part of a serious buyer. He told the owner he was a carpenter looking to buy an engagement ring for his girlfriend and that he had cash.

He spent nearly 40 minutes in the store, going back and forth asking to see different rings. He then waited for his chance to scoop up one ring - the most expensive ring they had - and put it in his pocket. Obviously, the owners didn't notice and buzzed him out the door when he said he was going to his car to get cash.

"Just by his actions, the constant changing rings back and forth, his calmness kept them at ease as though he's done this before," said Detective Randall Combs with Lexington police.

Detectives don't believe this is the man's first time doing this.

Crime Stoppers is offering $1,000 cash for information leading to an arrest. You can contact Crime Stoppers at 859-253-2020.

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