Seltzer Law, P.A. Represents Client Robbed of Diamond Ring Outside Target

December 13, 2010 by David S. Seltzer

I’m pleased to announce that I appear on the WSVN evening news tonight, Dec. 13, to further a criminal investigation and offer a reward on behalf of a client. As Channel 7’s website is already reporting, my client, Helen Mars, is offering a $10,000 reward for the return of a ring that was stolen from her Dec. 8. Mrs. Mars is 72 and had received the ring as a gift on her 25th wedding anniversary. She was robbed at gunpoint in the parking lot of a Target by a woman who she thought she had met but simply didn’t recognize. In my capacity as her south Florida criminal attorney, I am helping her to offer the $10,000 reward for information leading to the ring’s return, paid personally by Mrs. Mars. Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers is also taking tips at (305) 471-TIPS.

Mrs. Mars was shopping at a Target in North Miami last Wednesday when a woman in black approached her. This woman behaved as if she knew my client, commenting that she looked great and had put some weight on. As Mrs. Mars told the television station, she thought she knew this woman from her stay in a hospital two years ago, when she was being treated for breast cancer. So she didn’t object when the woman suggested that they leave the store together. When they got further away from the store, the thief pushed a gun into my client’s back and demanded the ring, which she was wearing because she had recently picked it up from being repaired. Afraid for her life, Mrs. Mars handed it over silently and was paralyzed for several minutes before she went back into the store to report the robbery. She feels traumatized by the robbery, but more importantly, she would like the ring back for sentimental reasons.

The news report did not mention this, but the police did not start investigating this crime until today, five days after the Dec. 8 robbery. Although I was the Miami-Dade criminal lawyer representing Mrs. Mars, Target would not release the video of the perpetrator to anyone other than law enforcement due to "corporate policy" absent legal service of process. The thief may not be interested in the $10,000 reward Mrs. Mars is offering, but she is hoping someone will come forward in this holiday time and make her whole again. As a Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney, I know people convicted of armed robbery are facing prison, and often required to pay restitution -- which in this case will be quite pricey.

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