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Man uses fake check, fake name to buy engagement ring in Salem, Ind.

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SALEM, Ind. (WDRB) -- Indiana State Police are investigating after it says a man used a fake check to buy an engagement ring from jewelry shop in Salem.

Police say it happened at Le Gene Jewelers in downtown Salem back on March 12. Investigators believe the man used a fake driver’s license with the name Dylan Craig when buying the ring.

“This guy was so well in-tuned, that this is probably not the first time, and this is probably not the last time that he’s going to try this,” said Indiana State Police Sgt. Jerry Goodin.

March 12 wasn’t the man’s first time in the store. Back in November, he was also in the store saying he was looking for an engagement ring, but didn’t buy one.

“It seemed believable,” said La Gene’s store employee Gary Zink. “Will I believe it the next time? Maybe not. But yeah, at the time, he was believable."

It wasn’t until several weeks later that the store realized what happened.

“It took about three weeks, and we opened the mail that morning and it said the bank was not on the check,” said La Gene’s owner Kim Brown. “So the bank wasn't even a real bank.”

She says she’s never had anything like this happen before and will now re-evaluate the way the business takes checks.

The ring was valued at $2,800.

“For a store this size, that’s a big hit,” Zink said.

Both police and the store owners are hopeful that someone will recognize his face and come forward.

“We're putting his picture out there hoping that someone will be able to identify him,” Goodin said. 

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