TAMPA - Tampa police say a trio worked as a team to steal an $80,000 diamond ring from Old Northeast Jewelers at International Plaza.
It happened Monday around 5 p.m. and it was all captured on surveillance camera.
"They worked very efficiently," said Darren Delgado, the gemologist working when the theft took place.
In the video, you can see two suspects enter the store as a couple. They ask Delgado to show them some watches from the display case.
Delgado said he took out the watch and closed the display case but did not lock it.
"They were just talking to me. Very friendly. Talking to me about the pieces, asking about the watches," Delgado explained.
Police say while the couple distracted Delgado, a third suspect grabbed the ring. The diamond, which is 6.048-carats is set on an 18k white gold band with two blue sapphires on both sides.
Delgado said the suspect concealed the ring with his coat and left the store.
Then, the couple left.
It took Delgado 10 minutes to realize something just wasn't right.
"Been in the business 20 years. This is not something I've ever had to experience before," he said.
The diamond is laser inscribed and has been mapped.
"It was probably the worst piece to grab and I said that in the fact that there's not many 6-carat diamonds running around," Delgado explained.
The suspect who took the ring is described as a black male, 5-foot-6, 170 lbs., between 38 and 45 years old, with a bald faded haircut. He was last seen wearing a white polo shirt with a logo on the left breast and dark piping across the shoulders. He was wearing dark pants and white/gray sneakers and was carrying a gray jacket.
The couple was described a black male, 5-foot-8, 170 lbs., with short hair. He was last seen wearing a white-button down with long sleeves. He had on a dark blue tie, dark dress pants, with cross-trainer style shoes that were dark in color.
The woman was described as black female, 6-feet tall, 260 lbs., with long black curly hair. She was last seen wearing a black/white patterned shirt, black tight pants, black/white sneakers and was carrying a black purse.
If you recognize the couple or have any information about this crime you are urged to call police at (813) 274-8211.
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