Man Pleads for Return of Stolen Diamond Ring

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LEWISBURG -- A man from Lewisburg is pleading for the return of a stolen engagement ring that he says is worth more than half a million dollars.

Randall Ludwig said he and his wife were planning to sell that ring so they could pay their medical bills and retire, but because the couple neglected to take out an insurance policy, their nest egg may be gone.

When Randall got engaged to his wife Bonnie, he gave her a ring fit for a queen. Now, the three-stone sparkler, estimated to be worth more than half a million dollars, is gone--stolen out of his SUV.

“I beat up on myself every day, every minute of every day. There is just nothing at all. This is the only thing that I think about,” he said.

Back on March 12, Randall parked his vehicle in a lot in Lewisburg and left the ring behind. He was planning to take it to the jewelers later to be cleaned. He said when he got back from having lunch downtown and saw what happened, his heart sank. A thief had smashed the window, taking the ring and other items. The loss is doubly devastating because the Ludwigs had neglected to insure the 6-figure rock. The couple had been planning it to sell to an auction house in Manhattan.

“With the mounting bills, medical bills, that we have and just to live for retirement, we need the ring back desperately,” Randall Ludwig said.

Police in Union County are investigating, but after more than two months, Ludwig is shattered.

“A very large piece of us is missing, both my wife and I. There are times she just breaks down in tears.”

Ludwig is offering a $10,000 reward for the return of the ring--no questions asked.

“Indescribable, the relief it would be to get that ring back,” he said.

If you have any information you can call the Buffalo Valley Regional Police at 570-524-4302.

17 comments

  • Rico

    I just can’t understand how someone can afford that ring, and such a big reward, yet neglect to simply insure it when valued at half a million dollars ? I feel for you Sir, but no crook is gonna trade half a million for 10 grand

  • Sam

    Jewelry
    Such a waste of $$
    Look how much $$ I have on my finger, on my wrist, around my neck.
    GIVE ME A BREAK

  • Local Pawn

    Sir please show us your appraisal paper showing this was worth a half million! I’ll bet it was hocked at a pawn shop by this guy to cover his gambling debt and he made this up to tell his wife or that it was cubic zirconia and was to embarrassed to tell her I’ll also bet where he ate lunch that day was the only business with no video cameras! If this story has any truth to it then it’s a inside job because who smashes windows in broad daylight in Lewisburg?

  • Mcalluster Lee

    Man Pleads for Return of Stolen Diamond Ring…………………………
    This guys an idiot, who leaves a 1/2 million dollar ring in their car to go eat?????? you take it with you put it in your pocket Da…….I’m not buying this story, sounds fishy to me, not buying that that ring was worth a 1/2 million dollars.

  • Hope Moffitt

    Oh yeah. Also shame on wnep for reporting a story like this without knowing for certain that facts. I’d this guy related to someone there?

    • Jeff styles

      He’s assuming that if the half million dollar ring is returned, he’ll be able to afford a ten grand reward. It doesn’t mean he’s got the extra cash just lying around. It’s not a difficult concept to understand. And it’s conceivable that when he originally gave this ring to his wife he didn’t pay $500,000 for it. People constantly buy jewelry, art, antiques ect for a for a low price only to later learn it was grossly undervalued.

  • Hope Moffitt

    Well I’m glad somebody commented before I did. This sounds all very odd. Number one now that you’ve told everyone it’s worth a half a million you’re never getting it back period number two I agree how irresponsible to just have it lying in your vehicle in plain sight are you out of your mind? It just doesn’t make sense. The only thing that makes me think you’re actually not lying is that if it’s not insured and that’s true you’re not trying to commit insurance fraud but something is very wrong

  • Joe

    “When Randall got engaged to his wife Bonnie, he gave her a ring fit for a queen. Now, the three-stone sparkler, estimated to be worth more than half a million dollars, is gone–stolen out of his SUV.
    “I beat up on myself every day, every minute of every day. There is just nothing at all. This is the only thing that I think about,” he said.”
    Something really weird here…you bought this expensive ring but never thought, even once, to have it insured, knowing it was an important ring? Sorry to be so blunt, but how stupid are you? And now…you can’t think of anything else but this ring…to get it back for its monetary value? Forgetting, of course, any sentimental value….So sad…so pathetic. People are battling horrific cancers every day with only one single thought going through their minds: to keep fighting…to be able to beat the cancer…to live. And here is this dimwit worried about his ring for money. A man with such warped and twisted values does not deserve something of such value and beauty. At least that’s what Ferris Beuller says. Rather stupid to leave a ring out in the open in a car, too. This guy was definitely NOT in the brains line early on in life.

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