LWEISBURG, Pa. -- A Pennsylvania man is pleading for the return of a stolen engagement ring worth more than $500,000 that was stolen from his SUV.
Randall Ludwig said he and his wife were planning to sell the ring so they could pay their medical bills and retire, but because the couple neglected to take out an insurance policy, their nest egg might be gone.
When Randall Ludwig got engaged to his wife Bonnie, he gave her a ring fit for a queen. Now, the three-stone sparkler is gone.
“I beat up on myself every day, every minute of every day. There is just nothing at all. This is the only thing that I think about,” he said.
On March 12, Randall Ludwig parked his vehicle in a lot in Lewisburg and left the ring behind. He was planning to take it to the jeweler later to be cleaned. He said when he got back from having lunch downtown and saw what happened, his heart sank.
A thief had smashed the window, taking the ring and other items. The loss is doubly devastating because the Ludwigs had neglected to insure the six-figure rock. The couple had been planning it to sell to an auction house in New York.
“With the mounting bills, medical bills, that we have and just to live for retirement, we need the ring back desperately,” Randall Ludwig said.
Police in Union County are investigating, but after more than two months, Ludwig is shattered.
“A very large piece of us is missing, both my wife and I. There are times she just breaks down in tears," he said.
Ludwig is offering a $10,000 reward for the return of the ring -- no questions asked.
“Indescribable, the relief it would be to get that ring back,” he said.