Diamonds don't go down easy.
Romeos planning to propose this Valentine's Day
can learn a lesson from a Joplin
man: Don't steal -- but if you do, don't swallow. The Joplin Globe spun a great yarn
this past weekend, describing how 23-year-old Cleon Harris
toted a two-carat diamond ring
into Newton's Jewelry in Joplin last Thursday, intending to make a little profit. The jeweler quickly realized the $20,000 beaut
matched the description of a ring that had been stolen from a Joplin woman only hours before.
The jeweler called police and stalled Harris and a female companion, 19-year-old Breanna Johnston
. But they became suspicious, reports the Globe
, asked for the ring back, and headed for the door just as police arrived on the scene.
The officers got a little surprise as they proceeded to pat down Harris.
Harris literally hacked up the ring.
According to the newspaper, the ring was stolen from a woman's purse -- which was left unattended in her parked car -- about four hours before Harris tried to have it appraised at Newton's Jewelry.
Police charged Harris and Johnston with receiving stolen property.