Men foil theft of $33,000 in diamonds

Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police are continuing their search for a man who tried to steal $33,000 in diamonds Saturday from the Captain Cook Hotel in downtown Anchorage.

The diamonds were stolen from Captain Cook Fine Jewelry on the ground-floor lobby of the hotel. Store owner Marina Lamkin said she was approached by a man in a blue windbreaker and jeans who said he was a hunting guide.

She showed him two diamonds and a diamond ring -- a trio worth about $33,000. ''He seemed to be on the up and up,'' Lamkin said.

But the man grabbed all three gems and ran. Lamkin tried to block him at the door, but he shouldered her like a football player and ran toward the exit on Fourth Avenue, she said. Lamkin yelled for help.

Several men went after the suspect after he left through the hotel's Fourt Avenue exit. There was a scuffle and the three diamonds fell into the street before the suspect got into a waiting car and escaped. Police described the car as a light-colored older model station wagon.

All of the diamonds were retrieved.

The suspect is still at large, police said Wednesday. He's described as being in his late 20s, stocky, with short hair, a goatee and a tattoo on the left side of his neck.



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