Whitwell suspect charged with trying to sell stolen diamond ring
Police say he was caught trying to sell 9.46 carat diamond to jewelry store near Atlanta
ACWORTH, Georgia (WDEF) – How did a fabulous diamond ring in Hixson end up in Acworth, Georgia?
Police say it’s a long story.
They got involved when someone from Celestial Jewelers called them to say something wasn’t right about a diamond sale going on right then.
The man from Tennessee was trying to sell them a 9.46 carat diamond valued at $95,000.
But when they looked at a picture of a partial Certificate of Authenticity presented to them, the store owner noticed it had a different name from the person selling it and an address in Hixson, Tennessee.
So they stalled the seller until officers arrived.
Police got a phone number for the owner in Chattanooga and learned the diamond had been stolen.
They arrested Brandon McNeece from Whitwell on the spot.
And police say he even rode on a stolen motorcycle down to Acworth to sell the diamond.
McNeece was charged with:
1) Theft by bringing stolen property into the state (O.C.G.A. 16-8-9)
2) Receiving stolen property greater than $1,500.00 (O.C.G.A. 16-8-7)
3) Possession of Cocaine (O.C.G.A. 16-13-30a)
4) Possession of Methamphetamine (O.C.G.A. 16-13-30a)
The owners of Celestial Jewelers were happy to foil the plot.
They posted “There is a 90 year old lady that is super happy she is getting her ring back! So glad we could help recover such an important heirloom!”
The jewelry store also reminds everyone to have both pictures and appraisals of your jewelry and keep them in a safe, protected place.