Woman charged with stealing elderly woman's engagement ring


by KMOV.com staff


Posted on October 29, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 29 at 6:00 PM

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) – An elderly victim’s engagement ring, which originally belonged to her deceased mother, has been returned after police nabbed the person suspected of stealing it.

On July 26th, St. Louis County Police responded to a call for theft in the 1200 block of Moncoeur Drive in unincorporated St. Louis County. The 90-year-old victim told police her deceased mother’s diamond engagement ring, valued at $5,000, had been stolen from her bedroom.

Idelle Hirsch went on to explain she had been home the entire day as the staff from her cleaning company cleaned her house.

"This is one of those situations that we had a really good vcitim," said St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch. "Most people are oblivious- the victim in this case really knew what happened and led us in the right direction."

Police, aided by the cleaning service, were able to narrow down suspects in the case. It was determined that a new employee at the cleaning service stole the ring and immediately pawned it at a jewelry shop in Crestwood, Missouri.

On October 8th, Angela M. Wisecarver, 31, was taken into custody for allegedly stealing the ring and charged with one count of felony stealing.

With the suspected thief apprehended and the ring returned, Hirsch was able to rest easy.

"No monetary value could ever really be placed on what was taken and there are not enough words in the english language to show the gratitude to the policeman who brought it back," she said. 

But helping Hirsch seemed to be rewarding in itself.

“We don’t often have the chance to feel rewarded by our work,” said Fitch. “This case definitely offered that opportunity. She was so happy when we returned that priceless ring back to her, and I know we were as well. Our officers and detectives did a fantastic job.”