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.
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