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SC Woman's Wedding Ring, Cash Stolen

Viann Ballentine was frantic Thursday afternoon when she stopped News 13's Mario Boone in downtown Asheville.  A few hours earlier someone had busted out the window to her Mercedes.

"I went 'oh my God.'  My purse was tucked under the seat," said Ballentine.  And in her purse was a goldmine.  "They took my wedding band, my engagement ring, my mother's wedding band."

The ring alone is worth thousands, but the crook got away with much more.  Ballentine also had $3,000 in cash, a whole day of sales from her Greenville business.

But there's more.  "Credit cards.  All my credit cards." 

And here's the most concerning, the thief also stole "my garage door opener, my house keys," and her driver license with her home address.

One good thing about this story is he didn't find Ballentine's gun in the glove box.  "I'm very relieved just to think there would've been a gun out," said Ballentine.

The brazen heist happened on a busy stretch of Biltmore Avenue near Pack Square.  You can still see the glass leftover in the very spot where the break-in happened, and the entire crime was caught by surveillance cameras mounted inside a nearby business.

Ballentine hopes the thief sees this story and returns what no amount of money can replace.  "Actually he can keep all the cash, just return the rings."

By: Mario Boone, mlboone@wlos.com
Follow on Twitter: @marioboone

 



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