Robert Mikail, Loudoun County jeweler arrested for swapping customers' diamonds

      Robert Mikail (Photo: Fairfax County Police)

      A Loudoun County jeweler has been arrested for allegedly switching diamonds from his customer's rings at his Great Falls store.

      The owner of Vima Jewelry, 39-year-old Robert Mikail, of Broadlands, is charged with grand larceny, burglarious tools, and grand larceny with intent to re-sell.{}His store is located at 1025-D Seneca Road.

      On April 6, police say a 23-year-old woman reported that she had taken a collection of jewels to Vima for an appraisal, but later noticed that a necklace and pendant were missing when she got them back.

      A month later,{}a 43-year-old Potomac woman reported that Mikail allegedly cleaned a large diamond engagement ring for her, but when he returned it{}the diamond appeared cloudy and damaged. The woman later took the ring to an appraiser who determined the diamond had been replaced with a{}glass stone.

      Then on July 6, police dropped off a dozen of jewelry items to Vima for appraisal. Once they picked the items up, the officers had them inspected by another appraiser, who{}determined that a diamond in one of the rings had been swapped with a smaller, lower quality stone.

      Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call police at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477.