Possible scene of the crime: A postal shipping center
The evidence: A bubblewrap envelope which appeared to not have been tampered with and a ring box that is missing its ring. A photo of said ring minutes before its wayward departure.
Victim - customer: Victim intended to send a family heirloom engagement ring to her fiance so he could have it repaired and use it as an engagement ring. Victim padded the ring in a small amount of bubblewrap, tucked it inside the bottom of a jewelry store box, closed the box and slipped it into a padded bubblewrap envelope. Victim foolishly left the shipping center without ensuring that the package had been secured with its own self-stick tape.
Suspect1 - clerk: Suspect1 received the unsecured, still open, bubblewrap envelope, processed paperwork to insure the item and presumably send it on its way.
Witness - fiance: Witness received the bubblewrap envelope, opened it up, found the jewelry box inside, but instead of finding a ring, found only a piece of tape. Victim did not put tape inside the box.
Action taken: Victim contacted the manager of the Shipping Center to report the missing ring. Manager said he would file an insurance claim with headquarters and interview the staff in the morning. Victim also filed a police report.
Since the police really have bigger fish to fry than looking for a possible ring theif - if indeed the ring was stolen in their juristiction - they can’t reasonably be expected to devote many man hours to this possible crime. Victim and Victim’s family who are avid CSI fans are going to hit the pawn shop scene in the morning in an attempt to retrieve the missing ring.
Will the family heirloom be recovered? Will there be any evidence linking the ring to a suspect? Will victim at least be able to claim the amount for which the ring was insured?