Man charged with theft of $26K engagement ring

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WEST ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) - A West County woman loses her engagement ring valued at more than $25,000 to a thief. There were four people doing work in her home on the same day, police narrowed the suspect list down to one.

Police say her ring is still missing and could be gone forever. Ballwin Police Lt. Kevin Lorne said, “Typically a ring such as this would be disassembled, the diamonds removed the gold melted down sold accordingly.”

Court documents indicate it happened in a Ballwin neighborhood. The homeowners had an electrician, an exterminator and two people delivering televisions in their home that day. The woman left to run errands leaving her husband in the house.  Lt. Lorne said, “Oversee the operations and it would probably be wise not to schedule multiple contractor on a single day because obviously it’s going to be difficult to keep track of all their activities.”

Authorities have charged 37-year-old Adam G. Kramer of Fenton with stealing the woman’s engagement ring valued at $26,701.00.  The folks at Summa Jewelers in Kirkwood said there is a way to protect your diamond rings. Owner Jim Summa showed how ring owners can have their diamonds inscribed with a laser with a serial number.  It’s so small you can’t see if with your eye alone you need a microscope. Summa said, “If you laser the number on there and someone steals it whoever comes up with the stone should be able to track the stone.”

Kramer has been charged with felony stealing. Detectives said he confessed and that he committed other thefts to obtain cash to buy heroin. Ballwin Police are talking to other departments about other possible thefts that were similar to the diamond ring heist.