The ring and a $40,000 pair of earrings were stolen Nov. 9 after being left in a cup on a countertop in a Walnut Street home in the Audubon Park area, said Sgt. Warren Keller of the NOPD Second District.
Police recently stopped Michael Ladner, 31, for allegedly driving a vehicle that had been stolen, and found the pawn shop tickets for the jewelry inside. The victim actually went to the pawn shop and bought the ring back herself for $2,000, Keller said.
“The diamond was about the size of a quarter,” said Second District Detective Brandon Singleton. “It’s worth more than a house.”
Ladner was booked Thursday with one count of theft, with a note that the total value of the stolen goods is $228,500.