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Published: Thursday, 5/25/2006

Thief grabs rings at mall as partners distract staff

Seven trays of diamond rings with a total value of $25,000 were stolen from Zales Diamond Store in Westfield Franklin Park after two thieves distracted employees and a third removed keys from a safe and unlocked a display case.

As the employees helped two of the thieves a man and a woman the third thief, a man, entered the store and went to the safe about 9 p.m. Tuesday.

He took the keys, crawled behind the counter, unlocked the case, and took the trays, police said.

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