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Palo Alto woman arrested for stealing diamonds, replacing with fakes

Woman stole and then replaced diamonds with fake cubic zirconia

Police arrested a Palo Alto woman on Monday after she was lured back to a San Mateo jewelry store where she allegedly stole diamonds and replaced them with synthetic gemstones last week, police said.

San Mateo police arrested 45-year-old Palo Alto resident Angela Walker was arrested Monday for commercial burglary, police said.

At about 2 p.m. on March 27, Walker entered Galati Jewelers at 35 E. Fourth Avenue, posing as a legitimate customer shopping for a ring, police said.

Walker looked at several loose diamonds and a solitaire diamond ring. When the saleswoman went to the shop's back room, Walker was left unattended and stole the solitaire ring, according to police.

Walker then bumped the hand of the saleswoman, causing a loose diamond to fall onto the counter. Walker switched the real diamond with a cubic zirconia of matching size without the saleswoman noticing, police said.

Before she left the shop, Walker told the saleswoman she planned on coming back to see more diamonds and left her contact information.

Police said the saleswoman later went to retrieve the loose diamonds and realized that the diamond had been switched for a fake gem and that the solitaire ring was missing.

The clerk contacted San Mateo police detectives, who confirmed that the contact information Walker had left was in fact legitimate and then lured Walker back to the store on Monday to view more diamonds.

Walker returned to the shop and viewed more diamonds. When she attempted to sell a suspected stolen necklace, police arrested her.

Police found her in possession of a loose cubic zirconia that was the same size as the diamond she was scheduled to view.

A search warrant for Walker's residence and vehicle were executed and police seized jewelry and loose cubic zirconias labeled with their correlating sizes, police said.

Detectives are continuing to investigate the case and are asking jewelry store, pawnshop and consignment store owners to see if they recognize Walker as someone who has come into their store. Anyone who recognizes Walker as a customer or client in their store, or are either missing merchandise or have purchased jewelry from her, are asked to contact San Mateo police Detective Ryan at 650-522-7670 or nryan@cityofsanmateo.org.

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Posted by Palo Alto resident
a resident of Green Acres
on Apr 3, 2014 at 10:28 pm

I guess thieves live everywhere including Palo Alto. Glad she was caught.


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Posted by Palo Alto resident
a resident of Green Acres
on Apr 3, 2014 at 10:28 pm

I guess thieves live everywhere including Palo Alto. Glad she was caught.


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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 3, 2014 at 11:05 pm

How long has she lived in Palo Alto? How long has she been a thief? Sounds like this is far from her first crime.


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Apr 3, 2014 at 11:37 pm

Uh, she shows up as Angelo Walker, age 45, depending on your search tools.


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Posted by Mr.Recycle
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 3, 2014 at 11:44 pm

@musical - She also shows up as Angelo if you look at her mug shot. Free tip for the meth heads out there, when you rob someone, leave fake contact info, not your real contact info.


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Posted by PatSayJack
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 5, 2014 at 12:07 pm

I sure hope he or she? was at least in a wig and makeup. Sorry but if that came in my shop asking to see $$$$ diamonds. I would refuse service. Or at least watch like a hawke and never leave unattended. To go to backroom and bring out more diamonds.


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Posted by Hmm
a resident of Monroe Park
on Apr 21, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Was it the jewelery clerk's first day or something? How do you leave a ring with a meth head and go in the back room?
And falling for the old switch-aroo? Come on!


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