Thief swipes £4k diamond ring under nose of jeweller with cruel distraction

CCTV footage shows how a heartless thief swipes a £4,000 diamond ring from a jeweller while spinning a convincing lie.

In the clip, the scammer pretends he is buying a gift for his girlfriend’s "special birthday" and asks to see a range of high-end jewellery at the family-owned shop in Fife, Scotland.

An 18-carat gold and diamond half eternity ring caught his eye during the crime on September 15, Daily Record reports.

The man, who is described as being Asian and around 5ft 7in tall, continuously distracts the shop owner by asking to see the more flashy items on display in the window.

Security systems caught the moment he grabbed the gold band, which has seven 0.7 carat diamonds, before continuing to laugh and joke with her over the counter.

Unfortunately, his sleight of hand tricks were only spotted after the man left the store, claiming he was going to take out cash from a bank to pay for a diamond necklace.

After her mum became suspicious, businesswoman Janaya Kabamba checked the pad of rings and discovered one was missing.

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Janaya has released CCTV footage of the incident in a bid to identify the crook who targeted the Masterton of Leven jewellery store on Tuesday afternoon.

She said: "He came in and said he was wanting to look at gold chains for his girlfriend. We keep them in the safe so I went and got them before showing them to him.

"He said that there wasn’t anything heavy enough, that it was a really special birthday and he wanted something a bit more special.

"So he then asked about gold rings which we keep locked in the window display.

"I got the big pad of more expensive rings out, there were about 20 on it, and put it on the counter.

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"I then turned away to get a couple more individual rings that were in separate boxes.

"Looking back on CCTV, that’s the point where he actually took one ring out the pad.

"He put his hand over the top of them and eased one out before keeping it in the palm of his hand.

"He moved a few of the other rings around, as if he was just having a wee browse at them.

"When I brought the boxed rings down, he put them on top of the pad where the space was.”

Devastated Janaya added: "It’s really disappointing.

"The shop belonged to my grandparents and then my parents before my dad died last year."

Janaya is asking members of the public to keep an eye out for anyone trying to sell the distinctive ring.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "We received a report of a theft of a ring from a jewellers on High Street, Leven, around 3.10pm on Tuesday, 15 September.

"Enquiries are ongoing. Anyone with any information about this incident should contact us on 101 quoting incident number 1997 of 15 September."

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