A woman who found a $20,000 diamond ring in a tanning salon room and didn't attempt to return it until a reward was offered is suing the ring's owner for breach of contract.
Bonnie Land, from St Charles, St Louis, is suing ring-owner Melisa Boucek because she did not get the $3,000 reward for the return of the ring but instead got arrested and charged with stealing it.
She’s claiming breach of contract, fraud and damages and wants in excess of $66,500.
Land insists she always intended to return the ring, a two-carat yellow diamond surrounded by 27 smaller white diamonds, after she found it hanging on a hook on May 7, 2011, in a room at the Tan Company in St Charles.
She used the spray tan room right after Miss Boucek and put the ring into her jacket pocket, intending to return it when she left, however she forgot, she claims.
When Miss Boucke realized her ring was gone she called the salon and when it could not be located it was reported stolen to police, according to STLToday.com.
The police interviewed staff and contacted customers but did not contact Land because she had moved and they did not have her new address.
Land claims she forgot about the ring until she found it in her pocket a few weeks later when she wore the same jacket.
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