The man who walked into Empire Jewelers thought he was about to get paid, but instead all he collected was a one-way free ticket to jail.
Police credit the owner of Empire Jewelers, Glenn Easterwood, with apprehending the suspect, who Douglasville police would not identify pending the
outcome of their investigation.
"He comes in with a backpack, takes out a Kroger grocery bag and it is half deep with one-ounce gold coins," Easterwood said. "I questioned him about where did you get them, how did you come about owning these coins, and he said he inherited them. He changed his story a couple times and I knew something was up."
Police said the loot, which ranged from gold coins, silver coins and platinum bars, were stolen from a Carroll County home last Friday.
Easterwood said the suspect offered him $20,000 to buy just the gold coins and said he had more in his truck. The gold coins alone are worth more than $130,000.
"He had no idea the value of the coins, or anything about the coins," Easterwood said. "I offered him 80,000 more than that, just for the gold coins and he was like, 'OK I will do that, this is the best day of my life.'"
Easterwood then went to the back of the store and called police.
"I took the coins to test their quality in the assay, just to buy time for police and then the girls in the front talked him up," Easterwood said. "I am thankful he got the stuff back, that would have ruined his Christmas, his whole year."
The investigation by the Douglasville Police Department and the Carroll County Sheriff's Office is still ongoing.
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