EDMOND, Okla. – A repairman steals a $20,000 engagement ring from a home in broad daylight, and the victim said she never saw it coming.
"Living in an older house, we have work done, but I would have never thought someone would take my diamond from right under my nose,” said the victim, who wanted to remain anonymous.
Fifteen years of memories wearing the ring on her finger, and it’s gone in an instant.
"I went to put it on because I was going to pick up my kids from school, and the band was there but the ring was not,” the victim said.
The woman said in early December she took her engagement ring off and placed it on the counter, all while two repair men were working at her house.
"I'm so trusting so I was like 'Oh, it wasn't those people,' and my husband was like 'Oh my gosh, yes, it was. They were in our house. They were in our kitchen.' I mean, I was home. One of them was very nice. The other one was very quite,” the victim said.
When she noticed the ring was missing, she immediately called police.
"Those two workers agreed to come in and take a polygraph and, through that process, told detectives that each other had taken the ring,” said Jenny Wagnon with Edmond PD.
However, officers were quickly able to identify who the culprit was - Christopher Hoefer.
"He actually brought it in and returned it. He had said he met up with the other suspect and that suspect had given him the ring to turn in,” Wagnon said.
Through their investigation, officers found proof this was a lie and Hoefer had taken the ring.
The victim said it was the best Christmas present ever because police told her she may never see it again.
"We've been married for 15 years. I didn't want a new ring, that was my original ring,” the victim said.
Officials with the appliance company that Hoefer worked for said he was fired as soon as they were aware of the incident.
Charges have now been filed.