A Tennessee man has been busted at a Georgia jewelry store after trying to sell a stolen ring worth more than $95,000.
The Acworth Police Department said Brandon McNeece, 41, of Whitwell, Tennessee, was arrested on the following charges: burglary by bringing stolen property into the state, receiving stolen property in excess of $1,500, possession of cocaine and possession of methamphetamine. .
McNeece reportedly entered Celestial Jewelers on November 4 with the intention of selling a 9.46-carat diamond ring to the company.
While reviewing the certificate of authenticity, store employees saw inconsistencies with the name and address and immediately began “doing a little detective work,” police said.
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Employees were able to find the real owner’s phone number and the ring was determined to have been stolen in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
In a Facebook post, the jeweler said employees tracked down the real owners and distracted the thieves until Acworth police arrived at the store.
“There is a 90-year-old lady who is super happy to have her ring back! She is very happy to have been able to help recover such an important relic,” the post read.
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According to Acworth police, the motorcycle McNeece brought to the store was also stolen. The place where it was stolen was not disclosed.
McNeece was booked into the Cobb County Adult Detention Center on $110,220 bond.
At the end of its Facebook post, the company reminded jewelry owners to document all of their purchases.
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“Just a reminder, make sure you have photos and appraisals of all your jewelry items in a safe and secure place just in case,” the post read.