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Berrien County investigators arrested a man they say stole a ring from a home while installing an alarm system.

Investigators received several complaints about a Utah-based alarm company aggressively trying to sell their products over the holiday weekend.

Investigators say they're moving on to other towns and they want people to be careful before they buy anything from solicitors.

Investigators say this ring was recovered from a Valdosta apartment where 20 year old Corey Macmurdo was staying. They say he's part of a group traveling through south georgia selling and installing alarm systems.

"They came into Nashville over Memorial Day Holiday weekend. By Tuesday Wednesday they were in Douglas," said Berrien County Investigator Steve Miller.

Macmurdo is from Mapleton, Utah. He was charged Wednesday with theft by taking. Tuesday morning, Linda Stone called Berrien County investigators to report the ring had been stolen. They sold the alarm to her on Sunday and installed it Memorial Day.

"Apparently one of the installers while in the house had opened up a drawer and stole a family ring," said Miller.

The company is Vivint and investigators say the group puts these signs up in people's yards after the systems are installed. They randomly knock on doors. Once a sale has taken place, the alarm systems are installed that same day or the following day.

"My research shows they were legitimate out of Utah," said Miller.

Linda Stone told us over the phone she thought she'd never get her ring back. It belonged to her mother who's been dead for 25 years. She calls it a miracle and thanks investigators.

Investigators say you should take time to check out a company before you buy an alarm system from them. It's also not a good idea to leave workers unsupervised in your home.

Lisa Davis, the spokesperson for Vivint says Macmurdo has been fired. She says the company has zero tolerance when it comes to these activities and that they really appreciate the action of the investigators. She says this is very unusual for the company and that they're taking care of the customer.

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