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WOC man accused of stealing rings from Bdwk. shop

NANCY POWELL ¦ Staff Writer

(Sept. 28, 2012) A 62-year-old West Ocean City man who is accused of stealing an engagement ring and a wedding ring from a Boardwalk store Saturday told police “that you will do crazy things for women,” according to the charging documents.

George Glen Lentz of no fixed address, but who gave an address in Mystic Harbour to police, went to the Jewel of the Ocean store at 406 S. Atlantic Avenue at about 7:30 p.m. Video surveillance viewed later showed Lentz talking with several sales associates for an hour or so. At 8:30 p.m., he placed the engagement ring and wedding ring in his hand and walked out of the store.

Eviatar Cohen, the store manager, and a sales associate ran after Lentz.

Cohen grabbed Lentz by the arm, and Lentz responded by trying to pull away. Two good Samaritans, later identified as Christopher George Kalwa, 32, and Lucus Paul Brewer, 31, got off a bus and put Lentz on the ground. They had him pinned to the ground when police arrived.

Cohen told police the engagement ring was valued at $5,800 and the wedding band was valued at $4,255. Price tags were still on the rings.

When police asked Lentz what had happened, he said, “I stole a ring,” according to the charging document. When he was talking to a different police officer, he said he took the two rings from the store and that “you will do crazy things for women.”

Lentz also reportedly said he had consumed a few beers and no food that day.

Police charged Lentz with theft of $100,000 or more and two counts of theft from $1,000 to less than $10,000.

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