March 10, 2020 By Allie Griffin
A man who was pretending to shop for a diamond engagement ring in Astoria earlier this year tricked a jewelry store employee by switching an $11,000 ring that was on display with a fake, according to police.
The suspect switched the expensive ring after an employee at Zales Jewelry Store, located at 31-07 Steinway St., handed it to him to look at on Jan. 23 at around 11 a.m. When the employee was distracted, the man swapped the store’s ring with a bogus one, police said.
The man fled the store with the real ring, but not before the switcheroo was captured on the store’s surveillance video.
Anyone with information in regard to the identity of this male is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, on Twitter @NYPDTips.