Middletown police release description of diamond ring thief

Middletown police are looking for a man who stole two diamond rings from the Rogers Jewelers store inside Towne Mall Galleria.

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A man walked into the store about 7:55 p.m. Wednesday and told employees he wanted to upgrade his girlfriend’s ring.

The suspect, described at a black man in his 30s with a beard wearing a baseball cap, pointed to two rings in a display case. Once both rings were in his hand, the man ran from the store toward the area of Kentucky Fried Chicken, according to the police report.

Taken was a one-carat ring valued at $11, 999 and a two-carat ring valued at $12,999.

An employee chased the suspect and saw him get into the passenger side of a new dark colored sedan.

Police found a fingerprint on the glass counter where the suspect had been sitting.

Lt. Scott Reeve said officers are also working to obtain surveillance video from stores.

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Detectives are also investigating to determine if two men arrested in Dayton after a chase that began about 10:45 p.m. on I-75 south of Ohio 63 are connected to the theft. But the vehicle description and description of the men arrested do not match what witnesses from the jewelry theft provided, police said.

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