Man tricks thieves into returning stolen jewelry twice


OKLAHOMA CITY — A metro man was able to recover nearly $20,000 in jewelry stolen from his home.  

Bob Shoemaker said the gold jewelry and diamonds were taken by one of his  former employees who he hired to do some extra work around his house.  

Shoemaker confronted the employee and convinced him that the crime was caught on tape.

“The police officer, when he was here Saturday, said send him a text that you got him on video and that you saw him do it.  He responded to me that he would give it all back,” Shoemaker said.

The man returned some of the jewelry but the most expensive stuff was still missing.

Shoemaker told us the man’s wife then offered to give him back the rest if he paid the couple the money owed for the work.

Shoemaker said, “She agrees to take a check so I call my bank and say, ‘Can you stop payment on a check?'”

He then met with the woman and she returned most of the jewelry.

Investigators warned Shoemaker and told him to wait for officers because of their concern for his safety.

Oklahoma City Police said they are unable to pursue a criminal case because Shoemaker wrote  a check for the jewelry.

By doing that, we’re told it became a civil matter.

As for that former employee, a few days later he was arrested by U.S. Marshals for a separate incident in Mississippi.


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