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2 charged in Bloomfield Twp. wedding ring theft

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

Two people have been charged in connection with the recent theft of a Bloomfield Township resident’s wedding ring, police announced Thursday.

Veronica Perez and her husband Omar Rivera-Baez were arraigned in the theft of a wedding ring.

The woman reported the theft on March 27 after the jewelry valued at $20,000 went missing from her home in the 200 block of Wilshire Drive, investigators said in a statement.

The same day she left the ring on a bedroom dresser, a cleaning crew arrived to tend to her windows. While the woman “was busy with one of the crew members, another crew member stole the ring from the victim’s bedroom,” according to the release.

The woman noticed the ring was gone but initially thought her husband had secured it earlier in the day, authorities reported. She later notified the police department.

Investigators learned Veronica Perez, the wife of the cleaning crew worker, had sold the ring to a pawn shop in Auburn Hills the same day it was taken.

She and her husband, Omar Rivera-Baez, were interviewed “and subsequently confessed” to the crimes, township officials said.

Perez was charged with one count of receiving and concealing stolen property. Rivera-Baez was charged with one count of larceny in a building.

Both have been arraigned, police said.

The Bloomfield Township victim, meanwhile, bought her bauble back for $1,750.