Four weddings were postponed because of the alleged thefts, police said
Police in Irvine, Calif., have charged local jeweler Daniel Cervantes with seven counts of grand theft for allegedly stealing wedding and engagement rings from customers.
Cervantes operates two local businesses, Diamonds Are Forever and Cervantes Jewelers, said a police statement.
The 27-year-old allegedly flinched four different items. According to the statement, in one instance, Cervantes was supposed to polish a 2 ct. diamond ring set in platinum that had been passed on through generations and was meant for a marriage proposal. He is accused of not returning it. In another case, Cervantes is accused of not returning a ring given to him for appraisal.
In all the cases, the statement says, weddings were postponed because of the alleged thefts.
“We’re trying to locate the property,” Irving Police Department spokeswoman Kim Mohr told The Orange Country Register. “We think there are more victims out there.”
Cervantes could not be reached for comment at press time.