Police in Fryeburg, Maine say they recovered a diamond ring worth $25,000 that was stolen from a residence in Bartlett, New Hampshire.
Detective Sgt. Josh Potvin says the ring was turned over to police after a 16-year-old girl from Baldwin, Maine ended her relationship with a man who had given her what he called a “promise ring” and the girl’s father, suspecting it had been stolen, had it appraised.
Police questioned the former boyfriend, identified as 18-year-old Rod Desroche Jr. of Denmark, Maine – a house cleaner who first told Chief Phil Weymouth he found the ring in a parking lot and then in a second interview allegedly confessed to stealing the ring from a home in Bartlett where he had been doing some work.
Desroche is charged with misdemeanor unsworn falsification and is due to appear in district court in Bridgton April 15, 2014.
He may face additional charges in New Hampshire.
Potvin thanks the parent for turning the ring over and says he hopes returning it to its rightful owner brings some sense of closure to the victim.
He says his department continues to investigate the case with law enforcement authorities in New Hampshire.