$19G ring stolen from Gloversville jeweler

Police are searching for a man who walked into the J Fine Jewelry store this morning and walked out

Police are searching for a man who walked into the J Fine Jewelry store this morning and ran off with a $19,000 ring.

According to Fulton County sheriff’s deputies, a white man in his 30s entered the jewelry store at 189 Fifth Ave. at about 11:30 a.m. and asked to see a ring. Store owner Patti Jagielski said she handed the man the ring and he fled the store on foot.

Jagielski said she chased him until he entered a wooded area near Boulevard Elementary School. Officials at the school were notified of the situation, according to deputies.

“He walked in and said that he had to make something up to his wife and that he thought a diamond would be a nice thing to do,” Jagielski said. “You try to do what you can to protect yourself against something that you hope would never happen.”

According to deputies, the man was wearing camouflage green pants, a green shirt, a light-colored baseball hat and sunglasses. Jagielski said she saw the man throw his hat in a large garbage bin as he fled the store. Deputies later recovered the hat.

“He went behind the building of the mall across the street and then he went towards the woods,” she said. “At that point, my comfort level stopped. I felt pretty comfortable chasing him out in broad daylight in public.”

She pressed an alert button just after he fled with the ring and said deputies were arriving just as she returned to the store.

“Thank God it’s never happened before,” Jagielski said. “It changes your opinion of customers, and I don’t want to do that. We’re a very friendly store. You don’t want to have to do that.”

Jagielski said the store has insurance and should be able to recover the wholesale value of the ring.

She also plans to implement additional security to try to prevent another theft. She declined to describe the new security methods.

Deputies said they have a copy of a surveillance video taken at the jewelry store, though images from the video were not available Tuesday afternoon.

Anyone with information is asked to call deputies at 736-2100.

Categories: Schenectady County

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