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Police: Vermont man proposed with stolen engagement ring

Ryan Jarvis is shown in an undated booking photo provided by the Burlington Police Dept. Burlington police arrested Jarvis Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011 in connection with theft of a diamond ring from a jewelry store after tips from the community led police to a Facebook entry. AP Photo/ Burlington Police Dept.

Ryan Jarvis
AP Photo/ Burlington Police Dept.

(CBS/AP) BURLINGTON, Vt. - A diamond engagement ring didn't have the outcome a Vermont man had hoped for. His girlfriend may have said yes, but the ring landed him in jail.

Burlington police say Ryan Jarvis, 25, is charged with stealing the $3,200 ring from a Zales jewelry store in Burlington.

WCAX-TV reports that Jarvis was looking at jewelry in the store for about an hour when he asked to see the 1-carat white gold solitaire ring Monday afternoon and then took off with it.

Police say they received tips that led to a posting on Facebook by Jarvis' girlfriend in which she showed off the ring.

Burlington police officer Jesse Stewart says Jarvis confessed. He pleaded not guilty to retail theft on Wednesday.

Police said the woman didn't know the ring was stolen.

  • Crimesider Staff

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