Surveillance photos released of suspects in Lexington jewelry store theft

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Lexington Police are trying to figure out how thousands of dollars worth of rings were stolen from a jewelry store at the Fayette Mall.

Police say the theft happened Sunday afternoon at the Pandora store.

Police tell WKYT that a man wearing a NY Yankees ball cap and a light blue Southern University Jaguars shirt entered the store at 3:15 p.m.. After lingering in the store for a while, police say took a key that was left in one of the jewelry cases near the front of the store. The man then exited the store.

A few minutes later, he returned to the store with a woman wearing a white tank top with "Pink" written on it. This time the man was carrying a large "Express" bag. Police say the woman blocked the view of the Pandora employees while the man checked out the case. At 3:48 p.m., the man removed a sleeve of rings and put them inside the shopping bag.

The man didn't leave the store. Police say he stayed in the store for nearly another 15 minutes while attempting to use the key to open other cases. He and his female accomplice left the store at 4:04 p.m.

A few minutes later, police say Pandora employees noticed a tray of rings was missing from a display case.

Police say in all 177 rings were taken. All of the rings were size 4.5 and have the initials ALE within the band of the ring. The rings were worth about $13,000.

Pandora is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in this case.

Lexington Police are looking for information on the identity of this woman.

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