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A male and his female accomplice distracted a jewelry store employee on Nov. 5, long enough for the male to open a jewelry display door and steal two diamond engagement rings valued at $5,000, according to a Lancaster Police report.
Kevin Anderson, owner of Anderson’s Jewelers, 1137-E Anderson Ct. (off S.C. 9 Bypass West), contacted police that day after realizing the rings were missing.
Anderson told police that two individuals, whom he knows, entered the store around 3 p.m. One of them distracted an employee while the other committed the theft.
Jerry Michael Barrett, 33, of 1756 Country Meadows Lane and Trisha Susanne Mich, 31, of 2377 John Everall Road, were identified in the police report as the suspects of this larceny.
According to the report, Anderson said he had to leave the store temporarily and the female employee was there alone.
“When Mich was distracting (the employee) at the front end of the store looking at some pendants, Barrett, at the back of the store, reached over a ring case, opened the door and took two diamond engagement rings (value $5,000),” the report said.
Anderson told police he knew Barrett and Barrett had previously bought jewelry from him. Anderson also said he knew the two rings were missing as soon as Barrett left the store but had to verify the theft by watching the video surveillance tapes.
The video surveillance, also watched by police officers, confirmed the theft.
Anderson told police he will look at video from two recent dates he bought jewelry from Barrett – Oct. 31 and Nov. 4, – to see if anything else may have been stolen on those dates, the report said.
The case remains active pending further investigation.
On Thursday, Nov. 7, Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant said he is unable to release any further information about the suspects at this time.
“We are still working this case. It’s not complete. I can’t release anything yet, sorry,” Grant wrote in a text message.
Contact reporter Denyse Clark at (803) 283-1152