Monique Zemaltis usually doesn’t take off her wedding ring.
However, after the stone fell out of the ring, she decided to fix it.
After a while, the ring disappeared.
For a month she searched sites like eBay and Google trying to find the ring. She avoided telling her husband Christopher Zemaltis — that’s not what you want to tell your spouse, she said.
The day Zemartis decided to throw in the towel and file a homeowner’s insurance claim on Ring, she scrolled through Facebook and came across a Lincoln Police Department post about a missing ring.
According to the LPD post, a community member submitted a ring they found in an AutoZone parking lot on 29th Street and Cornhusker Highway in early September.
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Zemartis is a regular there. She and her husband own her Anything Automotive on her Avenue in Saunders.
So she contacted LPD and was reunited with Ring on October 13th.
“It was kind of scary,” Zemaltis said. “I kept looking for it over and over and kept telling myself it would show up, so maybe I was hoping it existed.
Grant Richards, LPD’s property and evidence manager, said the items found can be challenging. If a unique item like a ring is found, the police will call for help from the public.
All found items will only be held for 30 days before being disposed of.
According to Richards, an average of 2,500 found items become LPD each year, the most common being drugs, phones, keys, wallets, credit and debit cards.
Drugs are thrown out, ID or Social Security cards are mailed to the state DMV or Social Security Administration, and debit and credit cards are shredded.
If LPD can’t identify the owner of a valuable item such as jewelry or car or bicycle parts, the item is auctioned online, Richards said. Car and bike parts are sold at LPD’s monthly car and bike auctions.
Less than a day after the ring was posted on LPD’s Facebook page, Zemartis was able to provide police with a full description of her ring.
“It was so funny. When I picked it up, the cop said, ‘It’s like Cinderella, it fits!'” Zemaltis said.
Zemartis hoped to reward the Lincoln man who turned in the ring, but the LPD was unable to provide his information.
“We knew this ring meant something to someone, so everyone in my office was really excited to give this back to her.
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