"Thief, and $50,000 diamond, at large" by Maddie Kilgannon Globe Correspondent March 22, 2017
Police are searching for a $50,000 diamond that was stolen from the Silver City Galleria in Taunton Monday by a man who asked to “see the most expensive diamond in the store,” authorities said.
According to police, Tyreek Fagan, 24, from Mattapan walked into the Hannoush Jewelers Monday afternoon with two women — a mother and daughter. As they looked at a few engagement rings, Fagan asked an employee to show them “something bigger.”
As part of store protocol, Fagan was asked for identification. He provided a medical marijuana picture ID from the state Department of Public Health, police said.
You gotta repeal all that.
Fagan was then shown the most expensive diamond in the store — a 2.51-carat round brilliant diamond, Taunton Police Lieutenant Eric Nichols said.
The two women left the store to use the restroom, police said. At that point, Fagan stepped away from the counter while holding the diamond, then took off running. In security video footage, the employee can be seen trying to grab the diamond back before Fagan fled.
When a police officer arrived, the manager pointed to a man getting into an elevator, saying “there he is.” But the man turned out to be a mall employee, who told police the suspect was “outside with no shirt on.”
Fagan was found in a wooded area outside of the mall with no shirt, shoes, or socks on. Police searched the area, but the diamond was not found.
Oh, so he is an opioid addict.
Fagan was arrested on a charge of larceny and released on $1,000 cash bail, but did not show up for arraignment Tuesday in Taunton District Court, authorities said. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.
WTF is this?