A Wisconsin woman says she was robbed of a $19,000 diamond ring after she put up an ad on Craigslist, and was taken in by a bizarre and elaborate scam.
Emily K. Graham needed some dough. She was going through a divorce and money was tight, so she decided to sell her engagement ring. A man contacted her, seemed legit, and after a lot of back and forth, offered to fly her to St. Louis so they could go to an appraiser together and seal the deal.
Graham told the Post-Dispatch she was picked up by a driver at the airport who -- instead of taking her to the appraiser -- pretended to get lost and pulled over behind an abandoned building in the Berkeley neighborhood. As they were stopped man rushed up to Graham's window and started pounding on it, demanding the ring. The driver put his hands up and did not hit the gas. Graham told the paper she was forced out of the car, and the thief took her ring, purse, laptop and her shoes before pistol-whipping her.
"I said, can I just have my ID? And then he hit me over the head and said, 'Shut up, you stupid bitch,'" Graham told KMOV.
After the thieves drove off together in the car she'd arrived in, Graham called the police, told them her story, and went back home to Wisconsin as the police looked into the case.
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