Police are seeking the public's help in locating a woman seen on surveillance video swiping another patron's ring at a nail salon in Studio City.
The woman went into a nail spa on the 12100 block of Ventura Boulevard on the afternoon June 20, a Wednesday, to get a manicure and pedicure, the Los Angeles Police Department said.
While sitting in the salon chair, she can be seen on surveillance footage eyeing a wedding and engagement ring that were left on a side tray. Using a sleight of hand trick, she takes the ring, conceals it in her hand then slips it into her purse, investigators said.
“There is one point in the video where you can see the ring flash the light off the diamond while it’s in her hand,” said LAPD Detective Joseph Hampton. “I don’t think anybody noticed that it was just left on the tray.”
The woman paid for her nail services before leaving the salon with the pilfered jewelry.
The victim, who wished to be identified only as Julia, said she accidentally left the salon without her ring earlier in the day after taking it off for a hand massage. She was "pretty much in tears" when she went back to retrieve it the next day only to find there was no trace of it.
“It’s pretty disgusting, in a way," she told KTLA. "It’s pretty disgusting to take something that belongs to anyone…but a wedding set, seriously, who does that?”
Julia said her ring is made of pink gold with champagne diamonds and resembles an antique — and to her, it's priceless.
The suspect is now wanted on suspicion of grand theft, authorities said. Employees at the nail spa said she's been there a few times, but they don't know who she is.
Police describe her as an Asian woman in her mid-20s with black hair and brown eyes. She measures around 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs about 120 pounds, officials said.
In the surveillance video, she is seen wearing a black dress with a floral print with brown wedge heels.