A 26-year-old man is accused of pretending to be a soldier about to be deployed and stealing a $100,000 diamond from a Washington store.
Arquae Daveon Kennedy was charged with second-degree robbery on Monday, nearly two months after he allegedly robbed Diamond Inc. in Bellevue.
Authorities say Kennedy was in military uniform when he went into the jewelry store on February 22 and said he was looking for a ring because he had recently gotten engaged and wanted to give one to his fiancee before he was deployed.
The accused thief said he was looking for a three to five-carat diamond ring, according to police records cited by the Seattle Times.
After he was shown two rings Kennedy allegedly asked to see another with a bigger diamond.
The store owner then showed Kennedy a 5.54-carat marquise diamond in 'a small jar'.