After trying to sell a stolen diamond worth more than $95,000, a man from Tennessee was arrested at a Georgia jewel store.
According to Acworth Police Department, Brandon McNeece (41), of Whitwell, Tenn. was arrested on four counts: theft, bringing stolen property into state, receiving stolen property greater that $1,500, possession cocaine, and meth possession.
McNeece was reported to have entered Celestial Jewelers Nov. 4, with the intention of selling a 9.46 carat diamond ring.
Employees at the store noticed inconsistencies in the address and name, and they immediately started “doing some detective work,” according to police.
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The employees were able find the number of the owner and determined that the ring had been stolen from Chattanooga (Tenn.).
The jeweler posted on Facebook that the employees had found the true owners and distracted the thieves until Acworth police arrived at his store.
“A 90-year-old lady is so happy that she is getting her ring back!” We are so glad that we were able to help you recover this important heirloom,” the post said.
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Acworth police say McNeece took the motorcycle to the store and it was also stolen. It wasn’t revealed where it was taken from.
McNeece was held in Cobb County Adult Detention Center under $110,220 bond.
The business reminded owners of jewelry to keep track of all purchases at the end of its Facebook post.
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The post stated, “Just a reminder: be sure to have photos and appraisals for all your jewelry in a safe, protected location just in case.”