Cop Replaces Elderly Woman's Stolen Ring

Someone ripped engagement ring off finger of Alzheimer's patient
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 25, 2014 4:05 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A classy move by a Florida cop is making headlines: Laurie Graber, an officer in Plantation, got the call for a particularly low-level crime—someone had ripped the engagement ring off the finger of an 87-year-old woman bedridden with Alzheimer's in a hospital, reports Fox News. By the bruises on Betty Wagner's finger, it wasn't an easy job, and no wonder—the ring had been there for 67 years. "I just couldn't imagine what kind of depravity you would have to have to take something off of someone so vulnerable," Graber tells WSVN.

Upon leaving the hospital, Graber went to JCPenney and shelled out for a replacement ring with her own money. She brought it back to the nurses' station with a note, reports "It's not much, it's not the same. But 67 years of a promise kept should be recognized." Husband Arthur, who placed the original on his soon-to-be wife's hand in 1946, says the gesture has helped him deal with the theft. (Another Florida officer bought groceries for a mom caught shoplifting.)

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