Police: Diamond heist foiled when suspects get stuck in elevator

Police: Diamond heist foiled when suspects get stuck in elevator

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - Authorities say a Columbus man and Cleveland Heights woman broke into a local jewelry store, stole 26 diamond rings and were caught after they got stuck in the elevator on scene.

Leroy Bridgman, 57, and Marcie Young, 61, were arrested Thursday night after breaking into Diamonds Rock on Kenwood Road across the street from the Kenwood Towne Centre, according to Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil.

Police say the suspects broke into the business, removed the jewelry and then attempted to flee down a stairway to the basement parking lot where their rental car was parked.

The suspects attempted to use the elevator after the stairs only went to the first floor, Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil said.  The suspects ended up getting stuck in an elevator where they were found by Deputies and freed by the Sycamore Township Fire Department.

Officials say 26 diamond rings and criminal tools (including large screw drivers and a ski mask) were recovered after the suspects had stashed them in the ceiling of the elevator. The total theft lost is estimated at $86,000, according to court records.

"Sometimes karma makes sure things work out how they should," said Neil.

Bridgman and Young are charged with breaking and entering, and possessing criminal tools.  Young faces additional charges of drug possession and drug paraphernalia after being found with heroin.

The suspects were captured on video surveillance and caught on scene stuck in the elevator with the rings.

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