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Crime Trackers: Thieves arrested for stealing 400 rings from the swap meet

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TUCSON- Thieves targeted a vendor at the swap meet, stealing an entire display case containing 400 rings.

But by the end of the night, the Pima County Sheriff's Department was able to recover 90 percent of the stolen items.

The vendor was at the property and evidence warehouse looking over items that were seized earlier this month.

This after sheriff's detectives conducted a search warrant at a motel along Interstate 10. Some of the items were found in a black back pack, including 388 rings. 

The vendor asked not to be identified, but told News 4 Tucson, "I’m really surprised that I got them back."

She's a vendor at the Tanque Verde Swap Meet and on March 25 she said 31-year-old Lucio Bracamonte stole $3,000 to $4,000 worth of merchandise. 

"The person that was doing this, he knew which case to get, because how did he select the rings that had the stones," the vendor said.

Off-duty deputies working the event were notified and quickly got to the vendor.

"There was a witness that saw the male subject get into a vehicle that was driven by a blonde female and got the plate of the vehicle," said Detective Tiffany Hogate.

Detectives said an attempt to locate went out and Tucson Police discovered the car and the couple at the Regal Inn.

Bracamonte and his live in girlfriend, 25-year-old Daniela Parks, were in the vehicle.

"TPD stopped the vehicle with both subjects and there was a ring on the floorboard that matched the ring in one of the other cases at the Tanque Verde Swap Meet," said Det. Hogate.

The detective got a search warrant for the car and room where the couple was registered.  They found drugs, along with 388 of the 400 rings stolen.

"Both subjects denied any involvement with the theft or even being at the Tanque Verde Swap Meet," said Det. Hogate.

Det. Hogate added, "[Parks] had two rings in her bra that were recovered at the jail and one in her sweater pocket as well."

Both are charged with felony theft.

The vendor told Det. Hogate, "Thank you very much for everything, I really appreciate it."

PCSD detectives said they were able to complete their investigation and make arrests within eight hours of getting the initial report.  But they admit they couldn't have done it without the help from the public and TPD.

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