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Police: HVAC worker steals $36,000 diamond ring, sells at pawn shop for $850

Eduardo Beach-Hines. (Photo: Montgomery County Police Department)

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (ABC7) – A man hired to perform HVAC service at a Bethesda home is accused of rifling through the master bedroom and stealing an expensive diamond ring.

Eduardo Beach-Hines, 29, of NW Washington, is now facing a single criminal count of Theft $10,000 to $100,000.

According to Montgomery County Police, Beach-Hines was working at a house along the 5100 block of Battery Lane on May 22. The following day, a female resident noticed her $36,465 platinum diamond ring was missing from the cabinet beside her bed.

Investigators contacted local pawnshops by phone and soon determined the diamond ring had been sold at G&G Pawnbrokers, Inc. located along University Boulevard in Takoma Park. The sale price was $850, approximately 2.3 percent of the ring's assessed value. Upon reviewing pawnshop records, investigators determined the seller to be Beach-Hines.

Police say when they arrived at G&G Pawnbrokers, Inc., Beach-Hines was attempting to buy back the diamond ring while persuading staff members to delete all records pertaining to the transaction. Officers arrested Beach-Hines and transported him to a district station where they say he confessed to the crime.

ABC7 spoke with the theft victim Thursday evening. She expressed relief that her ring was located and returned, and requested that Beach-Hines' employer not be named. As the victim put it, "they are a wonderful company and we've been using them for years." ABC7 is honoring the victim's wishes.

According to court documents, Beach-Hines was born in Panama and currently lives with his wife and one child. He'd been working as a "helper" with the HVAC company for the last six months, earning $12 an hour.

Beach-Hines is due in Montgomery County District Court on July 10 at 8 a.m. for a status hearing. He faces up to 15 years in prison and/or $15,000 in fines.

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