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Exterminator Arrested For New Canaan Diamond Theft

A New Canaan woman is victim in alleged diamond theft case that took place last summer.

A Bridgeport man with a history of diamond theft was arrested after allegedly stealing diamonds from the rings of a New Canaan woman and replacing them with fake ones.

George Lawrence, Jr., 40, of Wake Street in Bridgeport turned himself in to New Canaan Police on January 30 after receiving a warrant. He was charged with first-degree larceny.

According to Sgt. Carol Ogrinc of the , a 40-year old female complainant took two of her rings to a jeweler on July 28, 2011 for an estimate on repairs to them. The diamond on her engagement ring was loose while a diamond on another ring was missing.

After examining the engagement ring, the jeweler informed the woman that it was a cubic zirconia, or fake diamond. The woman filed a complaint with the police department on August 17, 2011.

A New Canaan Police officer who filed the initial report, was reading the Stamford Advocate in November and noticed a story about that were eerily similar to the one involving the New Canaan woman. One of the cases occurred in Stamford while the other one happened in Darien.

Upon investigation, police officials discovered Lawrence was an exterminator for Guaranty Pest Elimination, which has several locations in Fairfield County. The New Canaan woman told police that she used the same company to have work done at her home on Sunset Hill Road in mid-July. Records showed Lawrence was the exterminator for that work order.

Lawrence turned himself in last week and bond was set at $20,000. He has a court date on February 10.

Police officials said they have not recovered the missing diamonds.

Teri February 06, 2012 at 11:42 PM
The funny part of this story is the NCPD cop needed my former peer John Nickerson at Stamford Advocate to find his suspect for him.
Ty Webb February 07, 2012 at 12:07 AM
If only Mr. Nickerson knew where the diamonds were!
Debbie Woodard February 07, 2012 at 01:29 PM
My exterminator too! I'd actually request George! Always pleasant. Guess I should have my rings checked.
Pam McCusker February 07, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Wow! He was our exterminator too! Always personable.
mary parker February 14, 2012 at 06:24 AM
Teri: Funny? At least this cop went beyond his job and while reading the paper, was smart enough to do some investigation and gee caught the guy for robbing a woman in New Canaan. Give this cop a raise for caring about crime in our town and connecting this theif to other robberies. Not so funny for George huh?

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