Police try to find woman who picked up rings with 'enormous amount of sentimental value'

Chevrolet Sonic (Source: Gonzales Police Department)
Chevrolet Sonic (Source: Gonzales Police Department)

GONZALES, LA (WAFB) - Police are hoping someone recognizes a woman seen on surveillance video because it is believed she can help bring some peace to a couple that is quite distraught over the loss of some sentimental items.

The Gonzales Police Department reported a husband and wife from California were in Louisiana on Sunday when they stopped at a Circle K convenience store on LA 30 in Gonzales to get gas. Detectives said the couple was on its way to meet a foster child for possible adoption.

Lt. Steven Nethken with GPD said while the man was pumping gas, the woman took off her rings and put them in her lap so that she could lotion her hands. He added when the woman got out of the car, she forgot the rings were in her lap and they fell in the parking lot.

According to investigators, neither the man nor woman realized the rings had fallen until they had left the convenience store. They reported that when the wife realized what had happened, they turned around and returned to the store to look for the rings, but they were gone.

The couple contacted police and explained what happened. Nethken said the husband and wife have been married for 15 years and the rings "carried an enormous amount of sentimental value." He added investigators reviewed the store's surveillance video and discovered the woman pictured had picked up the rings in the parking lot.

"We anticipate no criminal charges in this case, we have just exhausted all attempts to identify the woman whom found and picked up the rings in the parking lot in our attempts to return the rings to the couple," Nethken said in a written release. "We are hoping that either the woman whom found the rings or someone who knows her can help us return the rings to this couple, the rings obviously mean very much to them."

Nethken added the woman seen picking up the rings is believed to be driving a silver four-door Chevrolet Sonic.

The couple has since returned to California.

Anyone who recognizes the woman or has seen the rings is asked to call the Gonzales Police Department at 225-647-9583.

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