Investigation

Dec 19, 2012 10:30 PM

Woodford County Jewelry Store Owner Fights Thief, Police Investigate

The owner of a jewelery store in Woodford County decided to take matters into her own hands after she noticed more than one hundred thousand dollars in antique stones and gold missing. Her bravery may have stopped the thief from breaking in, but the investigation isn't over.

Helen Ringus, owner of EquiTreasures in Midway, takes great pride in the jewelry she makes. So when she noticed someone was stealing from her, Helen wasn't going to stand by and let it happen without putting up a fight.

"I decided to sleep on the floor, lights out, all the curtains drawn, and see what happens," she said.

That was Sunday night. A few days after the jewelry maker noticed stones and gold were missing from trays under the display cases. Helen says more than 100,000 dollars worth of precious gems and metal is gone. Then she discovered someone had pried open the back window.

"I knew who he was, and I know that he's a wimp, and I didn't think he was armed," she said.

That's why Helen decided to take her chances, and confront the thief if he broke in again. Sure enough, it happened early Monday morning.

"Of course I started screaming and he kept approaching me saying, give me five minutes to explain before you call police, and I said don't come near me! I think I said that twice. When I could reach him, I clobbered him with my stick."

The thief got away. Versailles Police are investigating, but at this point, that's all they'll say.

As for Helen, she may be small, but she's not one to mess with, and she says she'd do it again, to protect her jewels.

"I took a chance but this is my life. This is my money. I work hard for this. He doesn't have a job. He doesn't work. He steals from people. He deserves to be punished."

Helen says even though she recognizes the thief she doesn't want to jeopardize the investigation by naming him. Meanwhile, police won't say if they're looking for someone specific.

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