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Lost wedding ring spoils ceremony

Gregory Crofton

No matter how much you paid for it, you still have to bring it to the wedding to make it work.

A 56-year-old woman from Soquel, Calif., realized she didn’t have her $13,800 wedding ring during her marriage ceremony, which was planned Sunday around noon.

The woman and her husband forgot the expensive ring in a rush to prepare for their wedding. She had placed it on a nightstand at the Royal Valhalla Motor Lodge the previous night.

The ring has a 1.32 karat diamond and two three-quarter karat rubies mounted in platinum and set in a gold band.

A brother-in-law went to the lodge during the ceremony to get the ring but was not able to find it because the room it was left in had been cleaned.

The 56-year-old reportedly told police she left the ring and an alarm clock on a nightstand inside a three-bedroom suite they had rented.

“I’ve been here 14 years and it’s the first time it’s ever happened,” said Tom Sweeney, general manager of the motor lodge. “We have security. Sometimes guests just leave their doors wide open. They had a three-bedroom unit and were going to a wedding. They left with the door open. But we are investigating it.”

Police said a front desk clerk had an alarm clock to return to the family, but no ring. Employees who cleaned the room reportedly told police that they found the clock but no ring.

Sweeney said he does not believe his workers committed the crime.

“Our employees have been with us for years. It’s a family-knit business,” he said. “We’re just as baffled as the family is.”

Sweeney refused to disclose whether the marriage took place without the ring. It is not known whether the nearly $14,000 ring was insured, police said.

In other jewelry theft news, a woman reported that $163 worth of earrings, necklaces and rings were taken sometime Saturday from a room she rented at Holiday Lodge.

The 61-year-old woman from Oak Creek, Wis., reportedly told police her valuables were insured. She left the jewelry in a small, red padded bag in her room. She told police that she left the room locked. Police said there was no sign that someone forced their way into her room.

“They reported it stolen, I can’t call the woman a liar,” said Jeff Thomson, manager of Holiday Lodge. “I’ve had police tell us that often the first finger pointed is at the maid. We’ve had maids for years. We just don’t have that problem with housekeeping. Nine times out of 10 people find the item in their bags when they get home and call us and apologize.”

South Lake Tahoe Police Sgt. Steve O’Brien said thefts can be reported for a variety of reasons but all of them get investigated just the same.

“In most cases they’re all different,” he said. “Sometimes it is theft, sometimes the folks misplace property, other times maybe they pawned it … sold it to pay off gambling debts. More often than not it is stolen or misplaced.”

O’Brien said officers often interview housekeepers, but they are not always the best suspect.

“They are not always our first suspects,” he said. “It depends on the situation, it’s a case by case situation. These thefts (reported at Royal Valhalla and Holiday Lodge) were reported to us, they are alleged thefts. We are investigating all circumstances surrounding those thefts.”

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