LaPorte Police are searching for a man and a woman they say are responsible for the theft of rings valued at $5,500 from a jewelry store there on Monday afternoon. Staff at Engrstrom Jewelers called the police when they noticed a tray of sapphire rings missing. Security footage from the store shows a black male reaching over the display counter, removing the tray and concealing it. Store employees say the man came in around 2:50 Monday afternoon with a black woman who asked to be sized for a bracelet. The theft happened when the store staff was retrieving supplies to do so. When they came back out the couple reportedly left hastily, saying their car was done being repaired and they were only window shopping. The jewelry is described as blue sapphire gems set on both yellow and white gold bands. Store employees say the man and woman were both older and black with heavyset builds. Anyone with information about the heist is asked to call the LaPorte Police Department at (219) 362-9446, or at www.lpcitypd.com.
Written by Mary Perren
WKVI News Director Mary Perren is glad to be back home in northern Indiana and on the radio. She’s a North Judson native with more than 20 years of news experience. She’s worked in print and radio news in Indianapolis, Hopkinsville, Ky., Nashville, Tenn. and most recently in Winamac before taking over as news director for Kankakee Valley Broadcasting in February of 2013. Her work has been honored by the Associated Press, StateNets News Association, Curb Foundation, Hoosier State Press Association and IBA. When she’s not sitting in the anchor chair or chasing down news, Mary enjoys shopping for antiques, attending concerts and taking long walks and rides in her vintage Saab convertible, weather permitting. She’s also a hopelessly devoted Chicago Cubs fanatic who still cringes at the mention of Steve Garvey and Josh Beckett and maintains it wasn’t Steve Bartman’s fault.