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New Canaan Cops Look Into Diamond Swaps

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – Police are investigating how diamonds from a woman’s rings were replaced by fakes.

Police said a Sunset Hill Road woman reported last Wednesday that the diamonds on her wedding and engagement rings had been taken and replaced with cubic zirconia. Police said the woman, who moved to New Canaan recently from a Western state, noticed that the diamond on one ring was loose and the other was out of its setting. When she went to a local jeweler to reset the stones, she was told the stones were not diamonds. Police said the woman had the stones reset and appraised four years ago at a different jewelry store. One ring was worth more than $11,000 and the other was worth $10,800. Police said the woman noticed the stones were shaky toward the end of July.

In other police news:

• Several incidents of vandalism were reported in a four-day span last week. Police said a Buttery Road resident reported last Tuesday that a white bench near her home had profanities spray-painted in red paint. Police said the bench had been damaged in the overnight hours last Tuesday. The bench has been vandalized with a black marker the night before.

Also last Tuesday, seven mailboxes on Heather Drive were vandalized with red spray paint as were areas on the road in front of a home. Police had also received a complaint that a male body part was drawn in spray paint last Tuesday on Weeburn Drive on a stone wall and on the road. A similar male body part was drawn on the road last Wednesday.

On Monday, a woman on Betsy’s Lane reported that her hammock was stolen from between two trees in her yard. Police said the woman found the hammock tied around a stop sign on Betsy’s Lane and Buttery Road.

Police were also looking into four damaged mailboxes on Wascusse Road last Tuesday, though police do not believe they are connected to the other mailbox incidents.

• Police were investigating the theft of a woman’s purse last Thursday. Police said a 71-year-old woman left her purse in her car when she went to visit a physical trainer on Vitti Street at about 4 p.m. When she returned nearly two hours later, the purse was gone. Police said the woman’s car was unlocked and she did not notice immediately that it was missing. Inside the purse was $180 in cash, an LG cell phone, and several debit and credit cards.

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