6 year old finds a $9,000 engagement ring in Wal-Mart parking lot

July 16th, 2008 by admin

Waqlmart parking lot engagement ringA 6-year-old girl who found “a toy”  diamond ring in a Wal-Mart parking lot has helped put a smile back on a nervous Benton newlywed with her missing $9,000 engagement ring.After losing her 1.26-carat diamond ring at a Bryant Wal-Mart on Tuesday, Haley Reep Wagnon reported it missing, and Bryant police reviewed Wal-Mart’s surveillance videos and noticed a young girl seemed to pick up the ring.

“I saw a little girl pick up the ring in the parking lot, but I don’t think the girl was trying to steal the ring and I don’t think the family with her was even aware,” Bryant police Detective Todd Crowson said. “She probably didn’t even know that it is a real ring.” In fact, the way she treated it proved so.

Local law enforcement were able to identify the family’s vehicle and were able to determine which Saline County dealership sold it to them. From there, they were able to use their mad detective skills to find out the truck was registered to a Michael Wheaton of Bryant.

“I received a call about a young lady losing a ring and a little girl picking it up, and I said, ‘OK, you’ve got my attention,’” Wheaton said. “I came down to the station and when he showed me the picture, I said, ‘That’s my brother from Chicago and his kids.’”

Upon further reserach, Wheaton discovered that his 12-year-old daughter, Destiny, had the ring after her 6-year-old cousin gave it to her (her cousin can’t say she never gave her anything nice :-) . Destiny said the ring, which she thought was fake, was in the back of Wheaton’s truck. This is the typical redneck’s location for jewelry, next to the hunting dogs and gun rack.

“I couldn’t believe it, especially when I saw the size of the diamond,” Wheaton said. “It had been in my truck for three days. If Detective [Crowson] wouldn’t have called me, who knows what would have happened to it. It could have ended up in my daughter’s dresser or swallowed by my hunting dogs.”

Wagnon – who was married June 7 – got her ring back Friday. Divorce is not scheduled for any future point.

“I can’t believe I got it back,” Wagnon said. “I am just so happy. I just don’t know what else to say. This just makes my day.” Wow, if this is all it takes to make your day you should be an easy woman to please.

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  1. Newlywed Also Says:

    All I want to know is how in the heck do you lose your wedding ring in a parking lot??? Did you just happen to take it off? Did it fall off? This has to be a joke!!!!