Couple Returns $20K Ring Found in Parking Lot

Ring owner set to be married in three weeks

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Craig Melvin spoke to a couple who found a 1 1/2-carat diamond engagement ring at a Target parking lot. (Published Thursday, May 5, 2011)

    What would you do if you found a $20,000 diamond ring, just lying there in the middle of a parking lot?

    Would you keep it? Would you pawn it? Not if you’re Joe or Sadie Sidotti. The Frederick County, Md., couple did what most people say they would do in that situation, but few would probably do in the end: they gave the ring back to its rightful owner.

    The Sidottis found the bling in the parking lot of a Target last week, according to the Frederick News-Post. They thought it was just a toy ring at first. After all, no one would lose a 1.5-carat diamond ring with a platinum band. They took the ring to a jeweler, who had some surprising news: that toy ring was no toy at all. It was worth more than $20,000 and was actually insured for more than $22,000.

    That’s $20,000 the Sidottis will never see. They found the ring’s rightful owners a few days later and returned it.

    “You’ve got to do the ring thing,” Joe Sidotti told the News-Post.

    The ring belonged to a young couple about to get married. The bride-to-be had lost the ring while shopping a few days earlier and thought she’d never see it again. She and her fiancé rushed to the Sidottis’ house to claim their precious jewelry, bringing with them a $300 reward.

    The ring was never hers, but Sadie Sidotti said she was still nervous throughout the ordeal.

    “I was afraid to leave it in the house,” she said. “It’s scary having something that valuable.”