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$ 12,000 ring stolen from Tifton jewelry store

By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Police need your help to find a man who stole a $12,000 dollar diamond ring from a jewelry store. It wasn't a smash in grab or an armed robbery. The ring was taken as employees stood just a few feet away.

Surveillance video from Central Jewelers shows a man pretending to be a customer who wanted to buy something for his wife.

"My wife Becky is actually showing this gentleman some charms he asked to look at kind of distracting her and he does a pretty good job at it," said John Falotico, owner of Central Jewelers.

But the video shows he has other, more devious plans.

"He opens the showcase door, he reaches in and gets the ring right there," said Falotico.

The suspect pockets a $12,000 dollar, 1.95 karat diamond ring, one of the most expensive in the store, while two other people are just feet away.

"He even slid the door back, locked my showcase door so we had no idea it was missing," said Falotico.

It wasn't until three weeks later that store workers realized the ring was gone. At first Falotico thought he misplaced it.

"When I actually realized what had happened and I went back through my security cameras and we actually saw the guy take it and I saw it I was very upset," said Falotico.

"It is very obviously that this makes recovery of the ring more difficult, you just have to operate under the assumption something has been done with the ring, said Lee Dunston, Investigator with the Tifton Police Department.

Now, Falotico along with the police are searching for this man.

"He did this with two people up front under the visual security of security cameras he did it so slick and so fast it was remarkable," said Falotico.

"I would have to assume he has stolen before or been around someone who is pretty good at stealing things," said Dunston.

Police are following up on tips from the public, but have yet to make any arrests.

If you have any information on the man shown in this video please call the Tifton Police Department at 382-3132

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