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Accused Jewel Switcher Arrested in New Canaan

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – A Bridgeport man accused of stealing diamonds from a pair of rings belonging to a New Canaan woman while working for an extermination company last year was arrested last week by New Canaan Police.

George Lawrence Jr., 40, of Wake Street, was charged Jan. 30 with first-degree larceny, a felony, after turning himself in after a warrant was issued for his arrest. Police said a 40-year-old Sunset Hill Road woman reported last August that diamonds from her wedding band and a family heirloom ring were missing. She had noticed the diamond on her $11,000 engagement ring was loose and the diamond on her other ring had fallen out of its setting. Police said the woman was told the stones in the ring were cubic zirconia.

Police discovered in November after reading a local newspaper report that Lawrence had been arrested in Stamford and Darien for allegedly stealing diamonds and replacing them with phony stones while working for Guaranty Pest Elimination. Police checked with the Sunset Hill victim, and she told them she had hired Guaranty to visit her home in mid-July. After an investigation, police issued a warrant for Lawrence’s arrest and he turned himself in at 12:50 p.m. Jan. 30.

Lawrence was released on $20,000 bond and is scheduled to appear Friday in Norwalk Superior Court.

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