'Gold' rings stolen from Ohio shop just brass

November 16, 2009 6:13:12 AM PST
An Ohio jeweler says thieves who smashed their way into his store and got away with rings are in for a surprise when they try to sell them.

Henry Triplett of Henry's Jewelers in Toledo says what appeared to be thousands of dollars in gold rings in his display cases were actually rings made of brass and worth barely 25 cents apiece.

They were dealers' samples in the style of genuine gold rings that Triplett had safely locked away, out of view.

He says the real cost of Friday's break-in will come from replacing the front window on his shop and the shattered glass on 13 display cases.