UNION, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Some quick detective work and a little bit of luck reunited a woman with her engagement ring.
Amira Faress feared that she would have to walk down the aisle without her ring when she gets married in 6 months.
Faress told CBS 2’s Jessica Schneider that she had just returned home from a Union, N.J. Stop And Shop when she realized that the ring was missing.
“I got home and I was going to pull my ring off my finger and it was gone,” she said, “I said, ‘God, it’s in your hands. Take care of this.'”
Faress then turned the case over to the police. A tip from a Stop And Shop employee led her in the right direction.
“A coworker told me that he had seen a customer pick up something that looks like a ring,” the employee said.
Detectives then looked at two hours of surveillance video from inside of the store, that is when they saw a man bend down to pick something up in a check out aisle. They followed the lead on a high-tech hunt.
“I said I’m looking for a gentleman who checked out at register twelve at approximately 9:25,” Detective Donald Cook explained.
A customer reward card used at exactly that time was linked to a nearby resident. Detective Cook called the man’s house and found exactly what he was looking for.
“He said, ‘honestly I didn’t know what to do with it. I didn’t want to turn it into the store, who knows what would happen to it. I thought maybe someone would hang a sign in the store. I was just waiting to see what would happen,'” Detective Cook explained.
Cook got the ring back and Faress made her way to the police station.
“The lieutenant came out with him and said ‘you need to play the lottery because today is your lucky day. This just never happens,'” she said.
Police said that the man who found the ring but did not immediately return it would not face any charges.
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