A 45-year-old Albuquerque woman who lost a 3-carat diamond ring in 1997 got it back Wednesday at the Santa Fe Police Department.
The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, had receipts and pictures with her wearing the ring, fully satisfying any doubts Santa Fe police had about whether she was the rightful owner.
SFPD came across the $30,000-appraised rock in 2009 when they took it into evidence following a couple’s botched attempt to hock the ring at a downtown Santa Fe store. When the store’s owner offered up a couple hundred bucks for the ring and the couple accepted, he knew they must not really be the owners and they had no idea how much the ring was really worth. So, he called the cops.
Here is a link to Thursday’s story in The New Mexican with far more details about how the woman got her ring back after 14 years only weeks before it was put up on the auction block: