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A guy used a crowbar to break into a jewelry store in Pittsburgh, PA, but came away empty-handed — and ended up looking foolish in the process.

The would-be thief broke open a door and headed for the jewelry cases at Henne’s Jewelry.

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But they were empty, WPXI-TV explains. Store owner John Henne made that a practice about a decade ago after “someone drove a car through the front door to try to get some jewelry.”

Henne doesn’t leave so much as a sterling silver necklace on display overnight.

In last week’s case, the burglar can be seen on surveillance video smashing through the door, then jogging toward the jewelry cases. He then realizes there’s nothing to take.

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“You could even see his reaction when he saw there is nothing in the case is a little disappointed,” Henne told the TV station.

Police were on the scene within minutes, but by then the culprit was gone.

Read more at the WPXI-TV

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Americans Don’t Spend Anywhere Near 2 Months’ Salary on Engagement Rings, Survey Finds

They shell out 4 percent of annual pretax income, on average.

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The typical American spends two weeks’ pay on an engagement ring, according to a new survey.

That equates to 4 percent of annual pretax income. The median spend in the poll, conducted by Morning Consult for The New York Times, was $1,900.

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Of course, there were a few big spenders: 7 percent of respondents shelled out more than $10,000 for a ring. Prices were adjusted for inflation based on the year of purchase.

The online poll included 1,600 adults.

The results suggest that the “two months’ salary” popularized by industry marketing “is very much much an illusion,” the Times reports.

Amanda Gizzi, spokeswoman for Jewelers of America, told the newspaper: “That guideline has sort of been tossed out the window.

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“It’s not anything anyone in the industry promotes today.”

Another recent survey found higher spending levels for engagement rings. Brides’ American Wedding Study found that the typical couple spent $7,829 in 2018.

Read more at The New York Times

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Jewelry Store Robbed After Manager Tied Up in Home

The thieves made off with hundreds of thousands of dollars in goods.

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Icebox Diamonds & Watches in Atlanta was burglarized after masked gunmen tied up a jeweler and his wife in their home, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Cobb County police stated that on Friday, the culprits forced the couple into their home and took the store keys. The couple were not injured.

(The Journal-Constitution described one of the victims as the owner. Other news sources, including WXIA-TV, described him as the manager.)

Two men broke into the Buckhead store at about 11:30 p.m. and spent about two hours there, authorities said. They took jewelry and watches from safes.

The stolen goods were reportedly worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in total. Cash and jewelry were also stolen from the jeweler’s home, according to the Journal-Constitution.

Icebox Diamonds & Watches is known for its celebrity clientele, the newspaper notes.

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Singer Katy Perry Shows Off $5M Engagement Ring — Take a Look

It’s one of the most expensive celebrity engagement rings ever.

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Singer Katy Perry took to Instagram to show off the engagement ring she got from actor Orlando Bloom when he popped the question on Valentine’s Day.

E! News explains that “the flower-shaped sparkler appears to have a pink center stone with diamonds surrounding it, along with a gold band.” She captioned the photo “full bloom.”

Andrew Brown, president of WP Diamonds, told E! News that the ring is likely worth about $5 million.

He said it appears to feature “a 4-carat fancy vivid pink oval shaped diamond.” That stone is encircled by eight white diamonds.

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The estimated price tag would put the ring among the most expensive ever worn by a celebrity.

Perhaps the most expensive celebrity engagement ring ever was the $10 million sparkler given to singer Mariah Carey in 2016 by Australian businessman James Packer. Their engagement was called off that same year.

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