Shopper tries on jewelry, bolts with bling

CALGARY, Alberta Tue Jun 17, 2008 5:13pm EDT

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CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Memo to jewelry store clerks: it is best to let a customer try on just one item at a time.

A Canadian sales attendant learned the lesson the hard way this week when a man strolled into an Edmonton, Alberta, jeweler and asked to see several rings and necklaces, one after another.

Once he had loaded himself up with thousands of dollars worth of trinkets, he made for the door.

Police said the man was last spotted by store and mall security staff grabbing a taxi.

Allowing customers to weigh themselves down with jewelry is "certainly not something that we would recommend as it didn't turn out so well for this store," Edmonton police spokesman Jeff Wuite said on Tuesday.

The suspect is described as 6 feet, 5 inches tall, weighing about 250 pounds (113 kg) with a Chinese symbol tattooed on his neck. The stolen goods are worth about C$10,000

($9,800).

(Reporting by Jeffrey Jones; editing by Rob Wilson)

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