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Robert Mikail, Loudoun County jeweler arrested for swapping customers' diamonds

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A Loudoun County jeweler has been arrested for allegedly switching diamonds from his customer’s rings at his Great Falls store.

Robert Mikail (Photo: Fairfax County Police)

The owner of Vima Jewelry, 39-year-old Robert Mikail, of Broadlands, is charged with grand larceny, burglarious tools, and grand larceny with intent to re-sell. His store is located at 1025-D Seneca Road.

On April 6, police say a 23-year-old woman reported that she had taken a collection of jewels to Vima for an appraisal, but later noticed that a necklace and pendant were missing when she got them back.

A month later, a 43-year-old Potomac woman reported that Mikail allegedly cleaned a large diamond engagement ring for her, but when he returned it the diamond appeared cloudy and damaged. The woman later took the ring to an appraiser who determined the diamond had been replaced with a glass stone.

Then on July 6, police dropped off a dozen of jewelry items to Vima for appraisal. Once they picked the items up, the officers had them inspected by another appraiser, who determined that a diamond in one of the rings had been swapped with a smaller, lower quality stone.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call police at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477.

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