Ring finder sues after being charged with stealing

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A woman who found a lost diamond ring says the ring owner didn’t pay her the $3,000 reward promised for its safe return – and now she’s suing.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Bonnie Land found the two-carat diamond ring, worth $20,000, in May 2012 on a jacket hook in a spray tan bed at a tanning salon.  Land sais she intended to leave the ring at the front desk of the tanning salon, but forgot.

The ring owner, Melisa Boucek, realized it was missing and workers at the salon couldn’t find the ring.  That’s when she contacted police and reported the ring stolen.   

When Land returned to the tanning salon in June, she says she saw a sign with a photo of the ring and offering a reward of $3,000.  Land and her roommate met Boucek at a jewelry store to return the ring and collect the reward.

But that’s not what happened.

Instead, police were at the store with Boucek to greet Land.   Land was questioned by police and later charged with stealing. 

Land claims she was embarrassed that she hadn’t immediately returned the ring, and that she “didn’t know how to take it back.”

Missouri law says someone who finds money or property worth more than $10 should report it within 10 days, but the law isn’t commonly known or practiced. 

Land reportedly borrowed money to hire an attorney.  She is fighting the criminal charge and she’s claiming breach of contract and fraud.  Those claims and the damages bring the amount of her lawsuit against Boucek to $66,500.

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