UPDATE: THIEF WALKS OFF WITH $17,000 WEDDING RING SET; LEAVES JEWELER STUNNED
March 29, 2019
WALTON COUNTY, Fla— A suspect walks away from a jewelry store with a $16,000 ring and $1,000 wedding band in hand.
The entire incident was captured on surveillance video just before 10 am Friday, March 22nd at McCaskill & Company in Miramar Beach.
A suspect who identified himself as “John Abbott,” told the jeweler he was shopping for an engagement ring for his fiancé, “Sarah,” within a $20,000 budget.
A jeweler showed him several rings before he chose a Henri Daussi engagement ring and wedding band set. The suspect then asked the employee if he could see them outside under natural lighting.
Once outside, the man told the employee he would like to purchase the set and that he needed to “get his wallet.” As the employee began punching in the door code to re-enter the store she noticed him walking towards his vehicle. The employee tried to stop him, but he continued to his vehicle and left heading westbound on Highway 98 towards Okaloosa County.
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Suspect wanted to see ring in "natural light". Then walks off with the $17,000 set leaving the jeweler stunned.
— Walton Co. Sheriff (@WCSOFL) March 29, 2019
The suspect is described as a middle-aged white male with brown hair and a full beard standing approximately 5’10” to 6” tall in his 30’s. He was seen wearing blue Under Armour ball cap, a black Columbia jacket, glasses, and blue jeans.
Video surveillance shows him leaving the parking lot of the jewelry store in a gray Toyota Yaris with no license plate and multiple bumper stickers covering the trunk and back bumper of the vehicle.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 892-8111 or you can remain anonymous by calling Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at (850) 863-TIPS. Submit a web tip at http://www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com/ or send a mobile tip using the P3 Tips Mobile Application.