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Swindon Advertiser: Laura Kelly from Hinds Jewellers with the ring Laura Kelly from Hinds Jewellers with the ring

A DIAMOND engagement ring has been returned to its owner after a couple were found attempting to pawn it in the town centre.

Tracey Bose, 48, passed the ring down to her 22-year-old daughter Nickie when she got engaged two years ago.

But after a night out last weekend Nickie realised the ring had slipped off her finger, and assumed it had been picked up by a punter.

The ring was made specifically for Tracey 16 years ago, and it took Nickie three days to pluck up the courage to tell her mum what had happened.

And after it was found, Nickie was happy just to receive an apology from the pair who took it.

“She did not tell me until Wednesday because she was too frightened,” said Tracey.

“Then I went on a mission. It is unique so if someone tried to sell it people would recognise it.

“It is valued at around £2,000, and it’s a 14-carat marquise diamond ring. It was made in the States so I could not have replaced it here. The jeweller my husband bought it from was in Los Angeles, and only did one-of-a-kind rings.”

Tracey and police officers visited all the local jewellers with pictures of the ring in case someone handed it in, which led to an eagle-eyed worker at Hinds jewellers spotting the ring.

“The staff in Hinds played a big part in it,” said Tracey, who works at shoe shop Sole Trader.

“A girl there had the pictures we gave out, and when the couple came in the lady was wearing it. She recognised it and agreed to value it, saying she just needed to take it away to look at the hallmark. At the same time she called the police.

“I wasn’t expecting to get it back. I had prepared myself for the worst. I can’t describe the feeling when they found it. I actually hugged a policeman.”

PC Paul Bezzant, community beat manager, said the couple may not have realised the law of the land is not ‘finders keepers’.

“This was an engagement ring the mother has passed down,” he said. “Her daughter has gone out on Sunday and her ring has fallen off in the venue. As a result we did rounds of all the secondhand jewellers shops in town trying to see if anyone had tried to sell it.

“The mum has been very proactive, and she got some information that there was another person trying to pass on the ring at the jewellers, who recognised it.

“The jeweller asked them where it was from, and they said it was from Italy. They thought that was quite unusual considering the style of the ring, so they knew something was up.”

The issue has been resolved privately between the parties.

“For the lady that has lost it the main thing has been getting it back,” added PC Bezzant. “She did not want to pursue anything.

“The offence is theft by finding. If you find something, you have to take reasonable action to try to return it to the owner.

“In this case it was found in a pub so the logical thing to do would be to go to the pub and tell them.

“It seems greed has taken over when they realised how much it might be worth. It was dealt with by local resolution when the pair apologised.”

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8:53am Mon 12 May 14

PaulD says...

I would suggest that the best thing to do would be to report found property to the police and then inform the owners of the business it was found in that it is with the police.
I would suggest that the best thing to do would be to report found property to the police and then inform the owners of the business it was found in that it is with the police. PaulD
  • Score: 20

9:21am Mon 12 May 14

nobody says...

Why would anyone go on a night out wearing a two grand diamond ring, one with huge sentimental value?
Why would anyone go on a night out wearing a two grand diamond ring, one with huge sentimental value? nobody
  • Score: -27

9:42am Mon 12 May 14

BCDR99 says...

nobody wrote:
Why would anyone go on a night out wearing a two grand diamond ring, one with huge sentimental value?
Because it's her engagement ring.
[quote][p][bold]nobody[/bold] wrote: Why would anyone go on a night out wearing a two grand diamond ring, one with huge sentimental value?[/p][/quote]Because it's her engagement ring. BCDR99
  • Score: 34

10:50am Mon 12 May 14

nobody says...

BCDR99 wrote:
nobody wrote:
Why would anyone go on a night out wearing a two grand diamond ring, one with huge sentimental value?
Because it's her engagement ring.
But losing it shows it was unwise to wear it on a night out.
[quote][p][bold]BCDR99[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nobody[/bold] wrote: Why would anyone go on a night out wearing a two grand diamond ring, one with huge sentimental value?[/p][/quote]Because it's her engagement ring.[/p][/quote]But losing it shows it was unwise to wear it on a night out. nobody
  • Score: -9

11:05am Mon 12 May 14

Mango man says...

Regardless of whether she should or shouldn't be wearing it, hopefully she now spend a few quid and have it properly fitted!!!
Regardless of whether she should or shouldn't be wearing it, hopefully she now spend a few quid and have it properly fitted!!! Mango man
  • Score: 19

11:16am Mon 12 May 14

ChannelX says...

nobody wrote:
BCDR99 wrote:
nobody wrote:
Why would anyone go on a night out wearing a two grand diamond ring, one with huge sentimental value?
Because it's her engagement ring.
But losing it shows it was unwise to wear it on a night out.
And the other 364 days of the year she wore it without losing it shows the night she lost it was something of a one off.
[quote][p][bold]nobody[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BCDR99[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nobody[/bold] wrote: Why would anyone go on a night out wearing a two grand diamond ring, one with huge sentimental value?[/p][/quote]Because it's her engagement ring.[/p][/quote]But losing it shows it was unwise to wear it on a night out.[/p][/quote]And the other 364 days of the year she wore it without losing it shows the night she lost it was something of a one off. ChannelX
  • Score: 11

6:52pm Mon 12 May 14

Mukkin says...

nobody wrote:
Why would anyone go on a night out wearing a two grand diamond ring, one with huge sentimental value?
The same reason as people park a 30k car out in the street, rings are for finger, cars are for roads, life is for living, go get one :-D
[quote][p][bold]nobody[/bold] wrote: Why would anyone go on a night out wearing a two grand diamond ring, one with huge sentimental value?[/p][/quote]The same reason as people park a 30k car out in the street, rings are for finger, cars are for roads, life is for living, go get one :-D Mukkin
  • Score: 10

6:16am Tue 13 May 14

Clippies says...

I still believe the couple who tried to **** the ring should be charged, irrespective of the owners wishes...it would send a clear message out to all of the unscrupulous and dishonest people out there. Theft is theft no matter which way you look at it and should be punished!
I still believe the couple who tried to **** the ring should be charged, irrespective of the owners wishes...it would send a clear message out to all of the unscrupulous and dishonest people out there. Theft is theft no matter which way you look at it and should be punished! Clippies
  • Score: 7

9:50am Tue 13 May 14

PJC says...

Mango man wrote:
Regardless of whether she should or shouldn't be wearing it, hopefully she now spend a few quid and have it properly fitted!!!
..and insured!,if it isn't already. Won't help the sentimental value loss, but may be wise all the same.
[quote][p][bold]Mango man[/bold] wrote: Regardless of whether she should or shouldn't be wearing it, hopefully she now spend a few quid and have it properly fitted!!![/p][/quote]..and insured!,if it isn't already. Won't help the sentimental value loss, but may be wise all the same. PJC
  • Score: 0

6:15am Wed 14 May 14

old 'arry says...

"PC Paul Bezzant, community beat manager, said the couple may not have realised the law of the land is not ‘finders keepers’."

Since when has ignorance of the law been a defence?
"PC Paul Bezzant, community beat manager, said the couple may not have realised the law of the land is not ‘finders keepers’." Since when has ignorance of the law been a defence? old 'arry
  • Score: 2

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