The story starts with a citizen who found a diamond ring in the parking lot at Target. Erin called the police, and turned the ring over to the officer who was assigned the call for service, Jason. He took the ring to a nearby jeweler on his beat, who confirmed that it was not only the real deal, but a rather nice rock, and quite valuable. Jason tagged it into the Property & Evidence Unit as a found item.
The next day, Toby, a civilian employee in the Property & Evidence Unit, was processing the incoming items when the ring caught her attention. Surely, she thought, someone was heartbroken over this loss, but who? She took the ring down the hall to one of our crime analysts, Marie, who publishes a weekly PowerPoint that loops in the off-hours on the big monitors in the briefing rooms. By chance, I happened to be in the Crime Analysis Unit when Toby brought that ring in, and I remember thinking that the chance of finding its owner was about nil.
A couple of weeks passed, when this past Monday the second shift duty commander, Danny, noticed a call in the pending queue on the status monitor concerning a diamond ring lost by a couple from Ohio while visiting Lincoln back on April 12. He reminded Brian, the on-duty field supervisor, of the recovered ring from a couple weeks ago. Brian, in turn, alerted Trevor, the officer who was assigned the lost item report. Trevor obtained a photo and the GIA report on the ring from the owner in Ohio, took that to another jeweler on his beat, and confirmed the identity.
Thus, the ring resides safely in the police evidence room, awaiting a return trip by the couple, at which time it will be reunited with its owner. Great work by Jason, Toby, Marie, Danny, Brian, and Trevor--but especially by Erin, the citizen who found the ring and did the right thing when no one was watching. That, folks, is the definition of character.
Case numbers B4-036197 and B4-030806.