A man in Florida stole an engagement ring and wedding bands from one girl and used them to propose to another girl.
Volusia County Sheriff’s department started their investigation after a woman from Orange City, Florida, told detectives she had discovered her boyfriend, Joseph Davis, 48, was actually engaged to someone else.
When she looked up the fiancée’s Facebook page, she noticed a photo of her wearing a wedding band and engagement ring that was identical to her own, the sheriff’s office said in a news release.
When the Orange City woman checked her jewellery box, she found her rings were missing, as were several other pieces of jewellery, including a diamond ring that belonged to her grandmother. The total value of the stolen property was about USD $6,270, according to the sheriff’s office.
The Orange City woman reached out to the fiancée, who returned some of the items, and they both called it off with Davis, who also went by the names “Joe Brown” and “Marcus Brown,” the sheriff’s office said.
The fiancée, who lives in Orlando, told detectives she had been duped too.
Davis once took the fiancée to a house that actually belonged to the Orange City woman, while she was at work, and claimed it was his. He then asked the fiancée to move in with him, but he then disappeared. By that time, the fiancée discovered her laptop computer and jewellery were missing, the sheriff’s office said.
Davis has an active arrest warrant for a hit-and-run crash with injuries in Oregon, and previously has been arrested for possession of fictitious ID, filing a false police report, domestic assault and possession of cocaine with intent to sell, the sheriff’s office said.
According to the sheriff’s office, the jail where Davis previously was booked noted he had a tattoo on his left arm that said, “Only God can judge me.”