West Columbia

January 22, 1993

Man steals rings from mall jeweler

A man walked into Gordon's Jewelers at The Mall in Columbia Wednesday night and stole two diamond rings valued at more than $10,000, Howard County police said.

The theft occurred about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday when a man asked a clerk if he could look at a ring in a display case, police said.

The clerk handed the man the ring, and he tried it on, police said.

While examining the first ring, the man asked to see another ring, police said. Again, the clerk handed him a ring. The man fled with both rings -- a 3-karat diamond gold ring and a 2-karat diamond gold ring, police said.

A clerk chased the thief to the parking lot, where the man turned and implied he had a gun in his pocket, police said.

The thief jumped into a black Chevrolet pickup truck with a driver at the wheel and sped away, police said.

The suspect is described as a black male in his 20s or 30s with short black hair. He was wearing a long brown trench coat and a white and blue crew neck shirt, police said.

POLICE

* Hickory Ridge

10300 block of College Square: Someone entered an unlocked door about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, walked through the house and then used the bathroom. The suspect fled when questioned by a neighbor. The suspect is described as a light-skinned black male, about 5-foot-8 and wearing green jeans and jacket.

* Town Center

10200 block of Wincopin Circle: Someone tried to steal a 1988 Acura Legend between 6 p.m. and 11:45 p.m. Monday.

10300 block of Little Patuxent Parkway: Someone stole a $20 beige purse containing $3 from a store at The Mall in Columbia between 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Wednesday.

5500 block of Sterrett Place: Someone broke the right front passenger window to a 1990 Honda CRX between 9:15 p.m. and 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, and stole $595 worth of CDs. The thief was unsuccessful in trying to steal the stereo.

* Wilde Lake

10600 block of Faulkner Ridge Circle: A rear basement window was smashed between 4:55 p.m. and 6:40 p.m. Tuesday, and jewelry was taken.

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