WATERVILLE — Police are asking for public’s help in identifying a man who stole two valuable rings Tuesday from the L. Tardif Jeweler store at 62 Main St. downtown.

Police Chief Joseph Massey said Friday that the rings, with a total value of $5,000, are both 18-carat gold wedding bands with the name of the designer, Jabell, stamped on the inside. One ring has a very wide band and the other has a high arch and the insignia, L. Tardif, in addition to Jabell, stamped inside it.

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“We’d like very much to identify this person and apprehend him and get those rings back,” Massey said.

Massey released a photo of the thief that police obtained from a surveillance camera at the jewelry store. He described the man as in his mid-30s and weighing about 200 pounds. He is about 6 feet tall or so, with dark hair and a mustache. During the theft, the man was wearing a blue jacket with the name “Dysart’s” on the back, Massey said.

Massey asked that anyone with information about the man to call police at 680-4700 or contact police on the department’s anonymous tipline through www.watervillepolice.org or on the department’s Facebook page.

The man started looking at the jewelry mid-afternoon Tuesday, Massey said, asking a sales clerk to see different pieces of jewelry as he edged closer to the store’s exit.

“All of a sudden, he bolted out the door with the two rings,” Massey said. “The store immediately called the police when the individual fled with the rings and we responded immediately; however, we weren’t able to locate him. Employees did not see which way he went. We didn’t have much to go on — just that brief description. We combed the area.”

Detective Joshua Woods is investigating the theft. The theft constitutes a class C felony, punishable by up to a $5,000 fine and up to five years in jail.

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