A Florida woman has been arrested almost a month after she allegedly snagged a $15,000 diamond ring from a jewelry store in Key West.
The manager of Gold Silver Creations says that on Feb. 10 a female shopper in a floral jumpsuit tried on a three-diamond, 14-karat white gold ring then replaced it with one of her own rings, the Miami Herald and NBC Miami reports. The manager snapped photos of her as she exited the store.
Weeks later, Crime Stoppers of Miami-Dade and the Florida Keys put out a poster about the theft, including the woman’s photo, and tips rolled in. Within days, police had a name, a phone number, and a license plate number, as a witness had spotted a woman wearing the ring at the bar in an Outback Steakhouse, then leaving in a Toyota Sienna. Police traced the vehicle to an apartment on Stock Island, according to an arrest warrant.
Jannet Novelo-Aqela, 43, was arrested after the store manager picked her out of a lineup. She faces a felony charge of grand theft and has posted $25,000 bond.