A thief who dashed out of a jewellery store wearing a $13,000
sapphire ring yelled "thank you very much" to staff as she
ran to her getaway car.
Police are trying to find the woman and have released CCTV
footage of the incident that clearly shows her in the store.
At 11am last Thursday, the woman went into Nuttall Jewellers
She peered into the glass display cases, checking out
expensive diamond rings before asking staff if she could try
on a sapphire ring that was in the window.
The ring had about 13 carats of sapphires set on an 18-carat
gold band and was worth $13,000.
Store manager Savita Mistry said that after the woman, who
had been in the store just eight minutes, had put on the ring
she asked to try on a ruby ring.
"She said she wanted to see how the ruby looked like against
her skin. The sales person said no, we only allow people to
try on one ring at a time," Ms Mistry said.
"Then she just said, 'Thank you very much', and ran out of
the door with the ring on her finger."
The footage shows the woman taking the opportunity to leave
while the saleswoman is behind the counter.
Staff chased her and saw her get into a white car.
"It was a couple of parks along from the store, it was
unlocked. She got into it and drove away," Ms Mistry said.
"We tried to get the number plate but she had a flag covering
it. We could only see the first letter and it was a C.
"She had obviously planned this very well."
The police were called and given the store's security tapes.
Constable Brad Sanderson said it was a very brazen theft.
"We're very keen to hear from anyone who can identify this
woman," he said.
Ms Mistry said the ring was insured, but as the excess was
high and a claim would affect the policy premium, she would
not be pursuing the loss.
The store has been robbed twice in the past.
November 2012: Thieves armed with hammers smashed the windows
at Partridge Jewellers in
Newmarket, stealing 30 top-of-the line Rolex watches.
March 2004: An armed robber stole tens of thousands of
dollars of jewellery from Walker & Hall Jewellers
on Broadway, Newmarket. The man entered the store with a
knife and ordered two staff and two customers
to the back of the shop before demanding rings, earrings and
a box containing cash be handed over.
June 2001: Four men ran into an open Queen St jewellery store
and used iron bars to smash display cases
before grabbing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of
- Anna Leask of the New Zealand Herald