A Lubbock man is being held in custody after allegedly purchasing engagement rings with bad checks and pawning them within the hour.
Francisco Galicia, 24, is being charged with two felony counts of theft.
Police say back on Jan. 21, Galicia bought at least one engagement ring at Thacker jewelry with a bad check. He then pawned it within 30 minutes.
On Jan. 30, Galicia bought another engagement ring, this time at Sam L. Majors Jewelers. He pawned that ring at Cash America within the hour.
He used his real drivers license to make the purchase, along with his closed Wells Fargo account.
The jewelry store was off guard, since he used his real information and came in the store with what appeared to be his genuine fiancee.
"The guy came in at about noon with his girlfriend and they were looking at the engagement rings," Sam L. Majors General Manager, Marcus Majors said. "They stayed in about 30 minutes looking around and asking a lot of questions."
Officials are warning local jewelers to do some double checking before they sell.
"Subscribing to something like InstaCheck or simply contacting banks when they're presented with a check," advises Lubbock Police Spokesman, Sgt. Jonathan Stewart. "It would be an extra step in the sales process, but it would hopefully prevent this kind of event happening in the future."
Officials believe additional jewelers may have fallen victim to Galacia's ring hocker scam.
If you have any information, you are asked to call the Lubbock Police Department at 775-2769.
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