MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The City of Martinsburg Police Department was investigating Monday the theft of six diamond rings valued at more than $16,000, police said.
On July 10, police were called to Freidman's Jewelers in the Martinsburg Mall, where they spoke to a sales associate who said she dealt with a man and a woman on July 9, at about 5 p.m., police said in a news release.
The sales associate was showing them rings from the same case from which the rings were stolen when the man distracted the sales associate's attention away from the open case by holding a ring out to the side, police alleged.
At that time, a second man entered the store and approached the open case. While the sales associate's back was turned, the man reached into the case and took a display with rings, police alleged. The man hid the display under his shirt and walked out of the store, police said.