A local woman was left brokenhearted after losing an engagement ring worth thousands of dollars.
"It was unique. It had infinity bands on the sides," Mariah Hewitt, of Middletown, said. "It was just whimsical."
But, it was an engagement ring that no longer served a purpose in Hewitt's life.
"I felt like I needed to close that chapter in my life," Hewitt said.
So Hewitt said she decided to sell it, in hopes of it bringing someone else the joy it once brought her. She listed on Craigslist and got a few bites.
"Somebody messaged me over Craigslist and tried to do it over PayPal," Hewitt said. "And they actually set up fake PayPal account."
Hewitt said she caught on to that scam and thought she had found a legitimate buyer. A man who claimed to be engaged.
"I sat down and wrote him a nice letter wishing him congratulations and said the ring had 75 diamonds," Hewitt said. But, the reason he fell in love will far surpass that."
Hewitt said she met up with him Thursday in the parking lot of a Dunkin Donuts to sell it for $1,200.
"He looked at the ring. I held on to the ring, so he didn’t grab it and run," Hewitt said. "You hear stories like that and then he handed me the money. And I looked at it and it looked real, looked like real money."
But it wasn't real and when Hewitt got home, she realized she had been duped.
"I was looking at it. The jagged lines where they cut it, just wasn't adding up," Hewitt said. "So I took a bill and put it under the faucet and all the ink washed away."
Hewitt said she was devastated and angry. She took those feelings to social media with a second letter to the man who made off with her ring.
"I felt I needed to express my feelings and let him know that he didn’t have power over me it’s a really unfortunate event and I hope to God there is justice."
She also called police.
"They said they were going to try their best to do everything they can for me," Hewitt said. "They took his name and number and sent the money to the secret service to get it checked out for counterfeiting rings."
On Friday, Hewitt said she is hoping the man stole her ring will have a change of heart and return it.
"I just really want to find a couple who really deserves it and will use it as symbol of love," Hewitt said.
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