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Thieves swap fake ring for $17K diamond ring at jewelry store

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A ring similar to the one stolen from the Warrensburg jewelry store. A ring similar to the one stolen from the Warrensburg jewelry store.
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WARRENSBURG, MO (KCTV) -

Two men stole a $17,599 diamond ring by having a fake replica made, and authorities are asking for the public's help in identifying the crooks.

The theft happened Thursday afternoon at Glasscock Jewelry, 701 N. Charles St.

"We knew something was going on," said Valerie Downing, the store's manager.

Very few customers ask to see a $17,000 ring at the jewelry store, which is why she was puzzled when two men suddenly seemed very interested in one. In particular, she said, was a white-shirted man who appeared nervous.

The two men had previously come into the store and taken photos of the ring.

"He'd been there three times that day within 10-15 minutes of each other. The story was the main thing that they were giving, it just didn't add up," Downing said.

The man claimed to be shopping for a ring for his father. He told Downing that he'd won the lottery and had extra cash for an expensive ring.

"He kind of looked at it, wasn't interested, put it back in," she said.

But the ring he gave back was a fake, complete with a look-alike tag. The store's surveillance video shows the man as he tried to pull a fast one. Downing says she wasn't fooled, though, and confronted the man.

"He said he didn't know what I was talking about, of course. He started to walk away and I kind of tried to walk with him and keep him in the store, but he went running out of the store," she said.

The men fled with what turned out to be the actual diamond ring in tow.

Store management believes they used the photos to duplicate the 2-carat women's diamond solitaire ring with a cubic zirconia.

Luckily Glasscock Jewelry carries an insurance policy on the ring and the store caught the entire thing on tape.

"The main thing is we just want to make everybody else aware this is going on, show these pictures to everybody and get them behind bars so they can't do it again," Downing said.

The store also caught a glimpse of the car the man used to get away. Downing said it was a light blue Chevy Malibu.

If you have any information, call the Warrensburg Police Department. Click here for more information.

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