Two suspects in the theft of a $15,000 diamond ring from a jewelry store in Dieppe have been identified, say Codiac Regional RCMP.
The two teenaged girls, who cannot be named because they are minors, have not yet been apprehended, Const. Damien Thériault stated in a release on Friday afternoon.
But police know who they are after members of the public responded to a plea for help on Thursday, he said.
Anyone who knows the teens' whereabouts is asked to contact police.
Two teenaged girls entered Crescent Gold and Diamonds at Champlain Place on Wednesday about 6 p.m. and asked to see various items.
Store manager Christina Comeau says they looked at various items, then one of them asked to try on the two-carat solitaire engagement ring.
"Obviously the sales associate knew these were young, the chances of them being able to afford a $15,000 ring was slim. But we also don't want the word out there that we discriminated against them because they were young," said Comeau.
"The sales associate took it out of the showcase. The young girl who had it on asked her some questions about it, if it was 14-karat gold, things like that. And within maybe two minutes, she just turned and started running," Comeau said.
The clerk tried to stop them, but they got away, she said.
They were both well dressed and made up and raised no suspicions, Comeau added.
The suspects fled, heading west and were last seen around the Dollarama Store, police said.
As the RCMP investigate, police have told the jewelry store manager to do some digging too, said Thériault.
"We recommend the owner check the pawn shops themselves, because they know their item more than we do. So they recognize it faster than we would," he said.
The store manager did call Parlor Pawn shop, said manager Bill Daigle.
A ring like the one in question would catch his eye right away, he said.
"I've been here for 18 years I don't think we've ever had a two-carat ring in our store. It's not Moncton's market," said Daigle.
He keeps a log of everything that's bought and sold at the store, and asks for identification when someone buys or sells something, he said.
If something is suspicious, he reports it to police, he added.
RCMP had released surveillance photos and a video of the suspects on Thursday, hoping someone will recognize them.
The first suspect is described as being about five-foot-six and skinny. She has dark hair with red dye, which was in a bun at the time. She was wearing a purple coat, dark pants and light brown boots.
The other suspect is about five-foot-five, average build, with dark hair, said Thériault.
She was wearing a white jacket with a multicoloured Volcom logo, dark pants and dark boots.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call RCMP at 506-857-2400, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).