Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Marina del Rey Station detectives are asking for the public’s help in finding a male suspect who allegedly stole a ring worth approximately $50,000 from a Marina del Rey woman at The Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey in October.
The incident occurred at about 10:35 p.m. October 21st near the jewelry store at the Ritz Carlton hotel, 4375 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, said Sheriff’s Detective Estevan Martinez, who is investigating the case.
Carole Sipos, who has lived in the Marina since 1994, said she was at the hotel celebrating her wedding anniversary and was standing by the jewelry store display when she was approached by the suspect, who was talking on a cell phone.
The suspect, who Sipos said appeared “very friendly,” claimed that he was getting engaged to his celebrity girlfriend, and asked Sipos what type of jewelry he should get, Sipos said.
Sipos and the suspect then began talking about the ring she was wearing, but when Sipos extended her hand to show the suspect the ring, he allegedly pulled it off her finger and ran out of the hotel toward Admiralty Way, Martinez said.
Sipos said she chased after the man but was unable to catch him.
The five-karat diamond, 18-karat gold lady’s ring is fitted with a special arthritic shank that causes the ring to open and close for people with arthritis, Martinez said. The ring has two European “old mine cut” diamonds, he said.
Sipos said the ring was her great-grandfather’s and was handed down through family generations.
She had been given the ring by her mother and wore it on her right ring finger for the past ten years.
“I was wearing my mother on that hand,” said Sipos, adding that she “felt protected” wearing the ring.
Martinez said video footage at the hotel captured the robbery incident but the footage does not provide a good description of the suspect.
The suspect is described as a white man, slightly tanned, in his late 20s to early 30s, having a medium build, five-six to five-seven and approximately 180 to 190 pounds, Martinez said.
The suspect, who walks “slightly bowlegged,” was wearing a dark-colored pullover hooded sweatshirt, a baseball hat, sunglasses with yellow tint, khaki shorts and white tennis shoes, Martinez said.
“We get the impression that he may be from somewhere close-by,” he said.
Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is asked to call Sheriff’s Detective Martinez at (310) 577-5246.