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Diamond necklace snatched from Vail jeweler

Christine Ina Casillas
Special to the DailyA $25,000 diamond necklace was stolen from a jeweler in Vail Village but the suspects have yet to be found.

The 18-karat gold, 9.6-karat diamond necklace was stolen from a Vail jewelry store Dec. 15 while a store clerk was assisting the alleged theives.

A couple apparently walked into the jewelry store and asked to see several pieces of jewelry, police records said. The employee showed the couple about five diamond necklaces and became distracted by the woman, who asked to look at two watches that were in a glass case.

The employee apparently left the five necklaces out on the counter for the man to see while he helped the woman. But when the woman was finished looking at the watches, the couple left the store. The store clerk began to put the necklaces back in the case only to find just four necklaces on the counter.

No other customers were in the store at the time and no security video was installed, police records said. The diamond necklace had no serial numbers or no distinguishing marks on it.

But the employee apparently overheard the couple say they were staying at the Sitzmark Hotel in Vail, police records said.

Vail police officers went to the hotel to search for the suspects. The front desk clerk recognized the description of them but spoke only with the woman, whom, according to the hotel’s registration, was from Santa Ana, Calif. She arrived Dec. 12 and left Dec. 14. Police, meanwhile, were unable to find a listing of her in California, police record said.

The woman apparently paid in cash but registered using a credit card, which police records said was invalid.

Christine Ina Casillas can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 607, or at ccasillas@vaildaily.com.

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