October 18, 2017
Criminal couple uses child as accessory in high end jewelry theft
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying two individuals who used a 5 or 6 year old boy to help steal a $57,000 ring from an Estero jewelry store last week.
On Thursday, Oct. 12, two adults and a child entered the Saks Fifth Avenue store, located in Miromar Outlets, just before 2 p.m. As the trio walked around the store, the adults pointed out several pieces of jewelry and asked the clerk if they could see certain items housed within the glass case. After asking to look at a particular ring, the male suspect engaged the clerk in conversation. While she was distracted, the female suspect can be seen on video instructing the young boy to take the ring and then hand it over to her. The three left the business shortly thereafter, and the theft remained unnoticed until Friday morning, when store employees conducted routine inventory. Once they realized the diamond encrusted ring had been stolen, store employees and detectives were able to determine that the male and female suspects orchestrated the theft, and blatantly used the young child to achieve their goal.
The ring contained several diamonds, and has a total value of $57,600.
Anyone with information on the identities and whereabouts of the male and female adult suspects is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000. Tips may also be made online at www.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com or by submitting a tip on the P3Tips mobile app.
Note: Surveillance stills of the adult suspects are attached to this release. There is no video available at this time.