Smyrna Police say man stole large diamond ring in con while handing woman envelope of paper

Drivers License photo of Matthew Walker
Personal photo of Matthew Walker
Photo of the ring Walker allegedly stole

On Thursday (7/3/14), victim Lisa Clifton went to McDonald’s at exit 70 on I-24 and met with a person known to her only as “Cason”, to negotiate the sale of an engagement ring. During the course of the transaction she handed the ring to “Cason” in exchange for an envelope she believed contained $2000. When she went to count the money, “Cason” sped away in a black Mercedes sedan and she found the envelope contained only paper fashioned to appear as a stack of money.

Detective James Scott told WGNS in an email, "Through my investigation I was able to develop Matthew Justin Walker as a suspect. I found that he had taken the ring to a pawn shop located in Nashville and received $500." Matthew Walker was identified by the victim of the crime and through surveillance video as the prime suspect in the case.

On Thursday (7/3/14), Police recovered the engagement ring reported as stolen by Lisa Clifton. The ring was pawned by Matthew Walker on the same date as the theft at Cash America. The ring was pawned for $500.

A theft of over $1000 warrant for Walker is active from Smyrna General Sessions Court. 

Smyrna Police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating Walker. You can call Detective Scott at 615-267-5014. His email address is james.scott@townofsmyrna.org.

Source: 

SPD case # 14-4353
Smyrna Police Department

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