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Georgia Jeweler Helps Return $95,000 Stolen Ring to Owner

A Tennessee man faces several charges.




Police say a Tennessee man allegedly tried to sell a stolen $95,000 ring to a Georgia jeweler.

Police responded to a call from Celestial Jewelers in Acworth, GA, on Nov. 4 “in reference to a person attempting to sell a stolen item from Chattanooga, Tennessee,” the Acworth Police Department wrote in a Facebook post.

Police met with store employees “and learned that Brandon McNeece out of Whitwell, Tennessee (41 YOA W/M) attempted to sell a 9.46 carat diamond valued at $95,000.00 to Celestial Jewelers.”

According to police:

Upon reviewing a picture of a partial Certificate of Authenticity, the store owners noticed a different name and with an address out of Hixson, Tennessee. The store owners were able to locate a phone number of the owner and discovered that the diamond was stolen out of Chattanooga, Tennessee. After further investigating, officers verified this through Chattanooga, Tennessee that the diamond was stolen. Officers also learned that the motorcycle McNeece rode on this location was also stolen.

McNeece was charged with theft by bringing stolen property into the state, receiving stolen property greater than $1,500, possession of cocaine and possession of methamphetamine. He was held at the Cobb County jail with a $110,000 bond.


Celestial Jewelers wrote in a Facebook post: “We tracked down the real owners and distracted the thieves until the Acworth police showed up and took them into custody. 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!”



Moving Up — Not Out — with Wilkerson

Trish Parks has always wanted to be in the jewelry business and that passion has fueled her success. The original Corinth Jewelers opened in the Mississippi town of the same name in 2007. This year, Parks moved her business from its original strip mall location to a 10,000-square foot standalone store. To make room for fresh, new merchandise, she asked Wilkerson to organize a moving sale. “What I remember most about the sale is the outpouring excitement and appreciation from our customers,” says Parks. Would she recommend Wilkerson to other jewelers? “I would recommend Wilkerson because they came in, did what they were supposed to and made us all comfortable. And we met our goals.”

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