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Police officer replaces elderly woman's stolen ring

Police Officer Replaces Elderly Woman's Stolen Ring

A Florida police officer went above and beyond the call of duty after she met an elderly woman whose engagement ring had been snatched right off her hand in the hospital. Fox News reports, "With little hope of finding the ring, a Florida police officer took the matter into her own hands, replacing it with her own money."

WPLG spoke with Arthur Wagner, whose wife, Betty, has advancing Alzheimer's and is currently being kept sedated in a hospital. "That ring went on there when she was a 20-year-old," says husband Arthur Wagner. He spent $400 on it years ago.

Now, 67 years later, someone grabbed that engagement ring right off Betty's finger. And WOGX says she has the bruises on her finger to prove it. Her wedding band was still intact, though.

Local police sent over Officer Laurie Graber to talk to Arthur about the stolen ring. She says her heart broke when she heard what happened. WOFL says, "She still looked at him like he was her knight in shining armor ... he looked at her like she was still his young bride. I went to JCPenney, and I bought a small ring."

Graber purchased this heart-shaped diamond ring for Betty and went back to the hospital and left it with the nursing staff, leaving behind only a signed note: "It's not much, it's not the same. But 67 years of a promise kept should be recognized."

Graber says she purchased the ring because it was right thing to do, not because she wanted any attention. Police are still searching for Betty's missing ring, which is now valued at around $4,500 in today's economy.

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for.good.or.evil June 25 2014 at 11:14 AM

It is difficult to realize that there are people who would do such despicable thefts as stealing a ring off the finger of hospitalized and deceased individuals.
This woman had her ring stolen and my deceased father had his ring stolen as he lay in his casket...
I hope there is a special place in hell for such thieves...

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kimmer0310 June 25 2014 at 10:31 AM

Great story. I wish these types of stories were the norm. What a wonderful thing to do. This officer exemplifies the "brotherhood of man", which we have sadly lost sight of.

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Kimberlie kimmer0310 June 25 2014 at 3:39 PM

Stories like this are not rare, you just don't hear about them in the media. The public generally enjoys negative press when it comes to law enforcement and the media loves providing it.

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lv2213frs June 25 2014 at 11:27 AM

The hospital should have replaced it with a ring valued at today's price. They know it was one of their staff and probably even know which person took it. Do the right thing, "unnamed" Florida hospital and reporter, please PRINT the name of the hospital for the rest of us!

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userpat7248 lv2213frs June 25 2014 at 2:26 PM

And you know this for a fact because? Not saying it wasn't but there are patients, vistors and people who come off the street just to steal. Most plces if they know someone stole, will fire them or have them arrested including hospitals. But they are not responsible for items lost or stolen.

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mountainlora userpat7248 June 25 2014 at 4:21 PM

Actually they often are responsible. The hospital I worked at often had to replace items such as eyeglasses and even dentures when they couldn't be found at the time the patient was discharged.

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Postalpal lv2213frs June 25 2014 at 5:57 PM

I doubt it was a staff person, but if it were and that person is found....just put a gun to his/her head a shoot. They don't deserve to live.

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bambi0022 Postalpal June 25 2014 at 11:56 PM

I worked in a hospital many years ago. One of the nurses took a necklace from a patient and had the nerve to wear it to work a week later!

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Nathan & Jason June 25 2014 at 11:44 AM

It should be the norm for hospitals to list their patients valuables and strongly encourage family members to take these valuables home while their relative is hospitalized. I think the hospital should take some ownership here. If not by law, out of decency.
Still, the story itself is beautiful. I wish there were more police officers like Officer Grabber. Heck, I wish there were more people like her in the world. What a huge heart she has.

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Kathy Nathan & Jason June 25 2014 at 1:37 PM

Hospitals do strongly suggest that you do not wear jewelry or keep any valuables around. I was told NOT to have anything there that was worth taking. The concern was because of all the so called "visitors" that roam the halls.

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gramargo Kathy June 25 2014 at 6:26 PM

At the nursing home where my husband was, everyone who came in had to sign in at the desk, and there were no "visitors" roaming the halls, not ever.
At our local hospitals, a visitor has to sign in and is given a name tag with the number of the floor he/she is going to. Nobody is allowed to wander around without one of those tags. Removing valuable jewelry is a good idea, but this ring certainly didn't come off easily, and I doubt a casual visitor would have even seen it. Losing it was bad, but having it forcibly removed was really hateful.

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Jeffrey B. Kull June 25 2014 at 11:34 AM

It makes my blood boil to read that some scumbag stole a treasured keepsake off the finger of a woman unable to defend herself and caused further heartbreak to the woman's husband, who is already losing his beloved. I hope they investigate whoever had contact with this woman in the hospital, though that may be difficult, find them, prosecute them, and throw their sorry be-hind in jail for a good long time.

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tonihoustn June 25 2014 at 10:30 AM

Unfortunately, that happens too often. My mother in law's ring also disappeared while she was in the hospital with demetia. We couldn't get it off her easily, and she was upset when we removed her mother's tings, which she had also worn for years.

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mymajor1 June 25 2014 at 1:07 PM

At least the police officer showed her good moral character. Too bad there are so many who are godless, only thinking about themselves. No longer do we teach the 10 Commandments. THOU SHALL NOT STEAL. But, when a country no longer holds values of God, HE will leave that country.

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crrunch mymajor1 June 25 2014 at 4:03 PM

So sorry for you. You can't really believe HE gives up that easily. Wouldn't it be all the better reason to stay? Mine would.

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Vater June 25 2014 at 1:38 PM

These human warehouses milking the Medicare system are a business and , with exceptions, employs the lowest of the low scumbags that prey on the elderly and infirmed.

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userpat7248 Vater June 25 2014 at 2:33 PM

Yea, they should do what they used to do. Dump in the streets and save taxpayers money.That way the decent employees along with the lowlife have no jobs that would be coming out of your pocket.

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gramargo Vater June 25 2014 at 6:37 PM

The nursing home my husband spent a year in had some very caring people working in the wards. One problem was that if more than one nurse or aide got sick there was so much piled on the shoulders of those who did work. I once had a sweet nurse's aide greet me almost in tears because she had 6 patients to feed who needed help with eating. I took over for my husband's meals most of the time, and she was very grateful that I was able to do so. The staff did care and did their best, but it's very hard to meet every expectation of every family every single day.

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Mike June 25 2014 at 10:45 AM

There are some brazen ******** out there. Hope the thief gets caught.

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pineconepicker June 25 2014 at 8:52 PM

Well done, officer.....well done.

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