Woman's ring stolen from letterbox
A Christchurch woman is ''gutted'' her engagement ring was stolen after a courier driver left it in her letterbox without getting a signature.
Makeup artist Selina Nunn, 36, and boyfriend Tiki Chong Nee recently began searching for the ''perfect'' engagement ring.
The found it on Trade Me - 10-carat white gold, with an emerald cut aquamarine and two tiers of clustered diamonds. They bought it and had it shipped from Auckland by Fastway Couriers.
However, Nunn never got to see her beloved ring.
It was taken from her letterbox after the courier dropped it off without obtaining a signature.
''The driver dropped it off between 6.30am and 7am and didn't get the required signature,'' she said.
''We were at home and the gates were unlocked, but he didn't even knock. When I checked at 9am there was nothing there.''
The courier packaging was found down the road from Nunn's house, but the jewellery was gone.
Nunn was ''absolutely distraught'' at the loss of her ring - the only one of its kind in New Zealand.
''I am so sad it's gone. I never even got to see it in real life and now I have no ring and no money,'' she said.
''I'm gutted. As a makeup artist, I see a lot of bride's rings and really wanted an original ring. This was one of those sparkly rings you dream of when you're a little girl.''
Fastway Courier claims manager Dave Shetty said the company would refund Nunn the full value of the ring - $1390.
''The cheque will be with her by Wednesday or Friday. We are taking full responsibility for the incident and are investigating,'' he said.
''The driver may face disciplinary action. This should not have happened.''
Nunn said she was pleased about the refund but would rather have her ring back.
She had contacted several pawn shops and schools to let them know to be on the lookout for the ring.
Andrew Bell, from Auckland company Mr Money, who sold her the ring, said the firm sent thousands of parcels containing jewellery every year and on average about 20 went missing.
''We had one last week where a ring worth $5000 went missing in Hamilton. Later, it turned out it was her neighbour who took it. We have iPods, iPads, all sorts of things disappear.''
Bell said that while it was unfortunate, it was the courier driver's fault.
''It's the courier driver's responsibility if he wants to take the gamble and not get a signature,'' he said.
''You pay a premium to get that signature; otherwise you'd just post it in the mail.''
In spite of the theft, Nunn said, she did not regret buying the ring online.
''I've bought things off the internet before and had no problems. If they had gotten the signature as they're supposed to do, there wouldn't have been an issue.''
Nunn said she would continue the search for her perfect engagement ring.
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