Thief steals $19K ring out of Mystic jewelry shop

MYSTIC, Conn. (WTNH)–In Mystic, there are always lots of people in and out of the downtown stores, but police believe a man and woman who went into a West Main Street jewelry store separately were working together to steal a very expensive ring.

Groton police released surveillance video which shows a woman enter NL Shaw & Company Friday afternoon. Clerks say she spoke with an Asian or Pacific Island accent and tried to sell them a very expensive ring.

While she was in the store a man in a green shirt arrives. Speaking with a Middle Eastern accent, he asked to see the high value rings.

“This appears to be a diversionary larceny,” Lt. John Varone with Groton Police said.

The clerk was careful not to leave the rings on the counter, but when the man asked, to see the paperwork on one of them she walked away. That’s when the video shows him reach over the counter and grab a $19,000 ring right from inside the case.

“It was a 1.64 carat ring, an antique style ring. It had sapphires blue sapphires along the band,” Lt. Varone said.

Varone pointed out how the man held the ring in his hand, and once the clerks returned without noticing it’s missing, he put it in his pocket and told them he needed to get something from his car.

“I’ve known other jewelers who have run into tag team type of operations like that and have been ripped off. So unfortunately it happens and we’re not immune from it here,” said local businessman Cam Bortz.

Because the man did not run out of the store right away, the clerks don’t realize the ring was missing for hours.

“I’ve done signs up and down the street, and it’s always unfortunate to hear when someone suffers a loss like that,” says Bortz.

No one in the jewelry store was available to talk today but police are hoping the pictures and video will lead to the capture of the alleged thieves

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