Posted on October 1, 2012 at 2:11 PM
HOUSTON – A Houston man is accused of pretending to be a customer, then boldly attacking and wrestling diamond engagement ring sets from a jewelry store clerks in Humble and Pearland, according to Harris County Sheriff’s deputies.
Anthony Dewayne Ross was charged with robbery. He currently remains at large.
Deputies said Ross entered a Zales jewelry store in the 6700 block of FM 1960 on August 13 and pretended to be shopping for a set of engagement rings. Ross selected a white gold engagement ring set with a tear drop diamond from the case, and the clerk pulled them out and placed them on her own index finger so the customer could have a better look.
Ross then asked to see another set of rings. The store clerk pulled that set out as well and placed them on another finger.
All of a sudden, Ross grabbed the clerk’s hands and began to wrestle the rings off her fingers. He managed to grab one set of engagement rings and fled the store. That ring set was valued at $6,250.
Investigators said a suspect matching Ross’ description robbed another clerk using the same method of operation at a Kay Jewelers in Pearland on September 17.
Investigators conducted a search of the pawn shop database and found that Ross actually pawned an engagement ring set just 47 minutes after one of the robberies.