A man suspected in partnering with a woman in several daring jewel thefts has been booked into the McLennan County Jail.
Thirty-five-year-old David Sixtos is facing multiple charges locally and in other areas in connection with thefts at a Zales Jewelers location in Waco and several other jewelry stores across state lines.
The local investigation began when Waco police were contacted May 28 by an employee of Zales regarding the theft of a two karat diamond ring valued at $17,860.
The arrest affidavit said the theft occurred as a couple came into the store and began looking at engagement rings.
The pair pretended to be a couple looking at several rings.
Somehow, it is believed the woman managed to switch the two-carat diamond ring for a cubic zirconia ring with a tag from a theft that occurred earlier in Arlington.
As part of the scam, the affidavit states the man went to his vehicle pretending to get his wallet, while the woman faked an emergency from inside the store and hurried out the door as she quickly gave the fake ring to the store employee,
The two then sped away with the stolen 17-thousand dollar ring.
Court papers say that the investigation trail stretched to police agencies in Dallas, Oklahoma and Shreveport where stores were all hit by what were believed to be the same couple.
Sixtos’ identity and that of the woman were determined by Shreveport police who were then picked up and interviewed by police in Arlington.
The local investigator was able to pull driver license photos of Sixtos and the woman involved and compared them to store video and was able to get an arrest warrant.