Diamond ring swiped from jeweler's hand 

Diamonds are a crook’s best friend.

A man swiped a diamond ring worth thousands of dollars from a jewelry store clerk’s hand at Westfield San Francisco Centre on Monday, police said.

Before the theft, the crook had whipped out his credit card as if he’d intended to buy the ring, police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said.

But the lying lover had hot feet. He ran out of the store toward Mission Street around 4:30 p.m., and has yet to be caught, police said.

There was a brief struggle for the ring between the clerk and crook. The clerk was not injured, Esparza said.

Cops are pulling surveillance video footage to identify the crook. He was described as a white man in his early 30s, standing 5-feet, 8-inches and weighing about 160 pounds, Esparza said. He had a dark salt-and-pepper beard and mustache and was last seen wearing a black beanie, dark hoodie, and dark loose-fitting jeans.

He had brown hair and eyes, Esparza said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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