INDIANAPOLIS - The holiday shopping rip-off of an $8,000 diamond ring at a local Macy’s store has resulted in felony charges against an Indianapolis man who was already awaiting trial for a past theft charge.
Surveillance cameras captured the entire Christmas Eve crime at the Glendale Shopping Center, police said.
Store workers told police that a man with tattoos on his neck and a pierced eyebrow bolted out of the store after asking to see a ladies 3-carat diamond from the clearance sale display case.
Metro Police Detective William Vasquez told Call 6 Investigators on Tuesday that the ring has now been recovered.
Theft charges were lodged against 24-year-old Timothy Lawrence of Indianapolis.
Police said fingerprints from the jewelry counter played a role in identifying him as the thief.
Macy’s has declined to comment on the heist and the surveillance video has not been released.
Store workers told police that the thief was checking out three different jewelry counters, but then asked to see one ring from the clearance display. The 3-carat ladies ring was described as having white gold with a large diamond, surrounded by four smaller diamonds.
No one answered the phone at a number listed for Lawrence on Parkside Drive in northeast Indianapolis.
He was not in jail on Tuesday afternoon, according to Marion County Jail records.
Court records show he had a warrant out for his arrest on a previous theft charge when the ring caper was reported.
He was booked into jail in June of last year, charged with theft, receiving stolen property, resisting arrest and battery. He had posted bail and was awaiting trial when a warrant was issued for his arrest prior to the new theft.
Court records show a lengthy criminal record for Lawrence, including two prior theft convictions. He served just four days in jail after pleading guilty to theft in October 2007, and he spent 28 days in jail after pleading guilty to his second Marion County theft case in January 2011.
Lawrence has also been arrested for resisting arrest, battery, assisting a criminal, driving without a license and criminal recklessness.