Thief scams single mother of 4 into selling diamond ring in exchange for counterfeit cash

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LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT)- There are all sorts of thieves in this world. They all steal for different reasons. Some feel like people steal because they think it is their only option. They have hit a point in their life where they feel like they don't have a choice. What they don't think about is the people they are stealing from and what they are going through.

Amy Weaver is a single mother of four beautiful children, all under the age of 10. She has been through a divorce and a lot of other tough obstacles. "I sold everything else. We lost the house,lost a car and all of that," Weaver explains.  As a last resort, she decided to sell her diamond ring on Craigslist saying, "This was pretty much the last thing of value that I have."

She had the ring appraised, finding out it was worth around $4,500. After having her ring listed for around a month, a man called with interest in purchasing it. He told Weaver that he wanted to buy it for his girlfriend. He offered her $2,900 and she accepted his offer.  She took the advice she had heard about Craigslist transactions and took several steps of precaution. They met in Athens at a public location off of Highway 72. She brought her dad with her and they both checked the cash that he gave her. Everything seemed to be going well until they got to the bank to cash in the money.

"The teller at the bank kind of left the window for a minute and she came back and she said, 'where did you get this money?' I told her that I sold and ring on Craigslist and she said, 'this money is counterfeit' and I said, 'are you kidding me?,'" Weaver said.

Athens police are investigating the incident and are asking the public to help. Weaver says the person she sold the ring to is a man in his mid-twenties. She says that he had tattoos all over his arms and neck. He was driving a cream color Chrysler 300 with chrome wheels. She says that there was a  woman in the passenger seat of the car wearing scrubs. Weaver say that he told her he was from the Madison/ Huntsville area.

If you have any information that help police catch this suspect please call Athens Police department at (256) 233-8700. 

This ring was the last thing Amy Weaver had to sell. She needed the money to help save up for a car. Some friends of this family have set up a GoFundMe account for anyone who wants to help.

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