A California woman is singing the praises of an
extraordinarily honest dumpster diver and the Porterville Police
Department after she was miraculously reunited with the custom-made diamond ring
she accidentally threw away four months ago when cleaning
out her car at a gas station.
Calif., resident Treesha Flores could barely believe her eyes when
local police officers returned her lost ring last Wednesday.
am speechless, definitely speechless, but excited,” Flores told Fox-TV
affiliate KMPH. “It's nice. It feels normal again, like a piece of me
was missing." The elaborate diamond ring, featuring an unusual bezel-set pear-shaped center diamond
, had been a gift from her husband.
first realized her diamond ring was missing after taking a trip to the
San Francisco Bay Area with her 12-year-old daughter, Selicia. Flores’
daughter remembered seeing the ring in a small makeup case when they
were in the hotel, but couldn’t pinpoint where or when it became
After arriving home and realizing the ring was gone, they called the hotel multiple times, but the ring didn’t turn up.
“We figured whoever found it in the hotel room, kept it,” Treesha told the Porterville Recorder
Added Selicia, “I just really thought it was my fault and I felt so bad."
Treesha and Selicia had accidentally dropped the makeup case in a
Chevron station trash bin on the way home from their trip. They were
cleaning out their car during a fuel stop and the case got mixed in with
the trash bin, the case ended up in a much larger dumpster, and this is
where one of our heroes enters the story. A dumpster diver, who was
looking for cans, bottles and other useable items, found the case and
its very valuable contents, and “did the right thing” by turning it in
to the gas station’s proprietor.
proprietor called the local police authorities, who not only contacted
the local media to publicize the fact that they possessed a missing
ring, but also put a notice on the department’s Facebook page and
researched the ring’s trademark.
The JAVDA trademark led the
police to the designer, who was able to match the ring with the owner
because it was a one-of-a-kind piece. Treesha also possessed a sales
slip and appraisal document that confirmed her ownership.
told KMPH, “The police went above and beyond in order to get this back
to me. They contacted the manufacturer. They really did more than they
had to and I'm grateful for that."
She had also planned to thank
the man who found the ring in the dumpster and the proprietor who turned
the ring in to the police.
California law requires police
departments to hold lost valuables for 90 days in order to give rightful
owners sufficient time to claim them. After the 90-day period, the item
becomes the property of the person who found it. Treesha was reunited
with her ring eight days before the 90-day period was set to expire.Images: Video captures via KMPH-KFRE.com; Ring closeup via Porterville Police Department.