Louisiana Man Stole His GF’s Ring So He Could ‘Pop the Question’
Love will make you do some crazy things. Crazy, stupid, and sometimes absolutely illegal things - at least when it comes to 29-year-old Justin Pope from Downsville, Louisiana (pictured above).
According to reports from Newsweek and The Smoking Gun, Pope was arrested earlier this week after a crime he committed back in 2019 finally came to the surface with devastating results. Pope reportedly admitted that he stole a very valuable ring (valued at $4,499) from his then-girlfriend's (identified as 40 year-old Samantha Futch) house in Downsville.
According to investigators with the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office, the love-struck thief admitted to the crime and added that his next step was to pawn it. Amazingly, he used the ill-gotten gains to put a down payment on an engagement ring for the same woman he stole it from!
Apparently, the ploy worked (temporarily, at least) - as the couple were still an item until recently. Since the official report lists separate address for the couple, and the brazen theft of a pricey ring - I am going to put my money on the "no longer together" bet.
Unfortunately, the stolen ring is a total loss. According to Pope's confession, he tried to get the ring back - but it had already been melted down for scrap. He was arrested, but has since been freed on a $500 bond. This was the first mark on his criminal record.
The big mystery that remains is this: How did she find out? The original theft happened almost 2 years ago. That may be a question we never get the answer to, but I have my theories - and they all lead to her calling the cops.
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