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Posted: 8:20 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014

Zales diamonds thief leaves fakes behind

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Police said the man asked to see several pieces of jewelry and at some point pocketed real diamonds and left these identical fake ones in their place.

By Breaking News Staff

BEAVERCREEK —

Just days before Valentine's Day, police said a man swapped fake diamonds for real ones at Zales The Diamond Store in Beavercreek.

The pair of 1.5 carat diamond earrings, valued at $2,400, was stolen from the store at the Fairfield Commons Mall, according to a Beavercreek police report.

Police said the man asked to see several pieces of jewelry and at some point pocketed real diamonds and left identical fake ones in their place.

The theft was discovered when the jewels were being locked up at the end of the day, according to the report.

Police said identifying the thief will be difficult because Zales refused to release the surveillance video to investigators.

The thief, who reportedly acted strange and even shaking while in the store, was described as a bearded male, about 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds.

Zales would not talk to us about the incident, but Dawn Rader, gemologist and manager at Tiffany's Jewelers in Xenia, said unfortunately switches do happen and employees are instructed to follow a special protocol when showing stones in the store.

"When people come in we check them out, see who they are," Rader said. "We do check stones and god forbid if they did have something happen we can tell right away."

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