Tampa police are looking for three people who worked as a team to take an $80,000 ring from Old Northeast Jewelers at International Plaza.
Two suspects entered the store at 2223 West Shore Blvd. about 5 p.m. Monday as a couple, and asked to see a watch from a front display case, police said. The salesman removed the watch, but left the case unlocked.
While the couple distracted the salesman, the third suspect removed a 6.048-carat estate diamond, set in an 18k white gold band with a pear-shaped blue sapphire on both sides, police said. The ring is valued at $79,900.
The suspect with the ring covered the item with his jacket and fled, according to police. The couple left soon after.
The suspect who allegedly took the ring is described as male, 5-foot-6, about 170 pounds, 38 to 45 years old, with a bald-fade haircut, police said. He was wearing a white polo shirt with a logo on left breast and dark piping across the shoulders, dark pants and white/gray sneakers and was carrying a gray jacket.
The couple was described as a man about 5-foot-8, about 170 pounds, with short hair, according to police. He was a wearing white, button-down, long sleeve shirt, a dark blue tie, dark dress pants with cross-trainer style shoes. The woman was described as about 6-feet tall, about 260 pounds, with long black curly hair, police said. She was wearing a black/white patterned shirt, black tight pants, black/white sneakers and and carrying large black purse.
Anyone with information is asked to call the police at (813) 274-8211.