Florida man steals girlfriend’s ring to propose to other girlfriend



He’ll be spending Valentine’s Day alone.

A Florida man is on the run after stealing one girlfriend’s old engagement ring so he could use it to propose to his other girlfriend, authorities said.

Joseph Davis, 48, is wanted on a grand theft charge after allegedly betraying two girlfriends he met on the dating site OKCupid, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Thursday.

Brown used the alias “Joe Brown” with one girlfriend, and “Marcus Brown” with the other, authorities said.

Girlfriend No. 1 — who lives in Orange City, and who had dated Davis since 2015 — told detectives she learned through some Facebook sleuthing that Davis, a convicted felon, was engaged to the second woman.

Worse, she saw on the second woman’s Facebook page that her rival was wearing an engagement ring and wedding band identical to her own from a previous marriage, according to the sheriff’s office.

She checked her jewelry box and found her rings and other items missing. About $6,270 in property had been stolen from her in all, officials said.

The girlfriend began contacting Davis’ fiancée — who lives in Orlando and who had begun dating him in 2016.

Soon, both women were commiserating and joining forces in turning on Davis and reporting him to the authorities.

Gallingly, the two woman learned that each had not only been lied to, but allegedly stolen from.

The second girlfriend reported her own laptop and jewelry went missing after Davis moved out of her apartment.

She also recalled Davis once taking her to the first girlfriend’s house in Orange City. The first girlfriend was away at work at the time.

Davis claimed to the second girlfriend that the home was his and even asked her to move in there with him. The second girlfriend packed up her own apartment and was ready to move in, but then Davis told her the deal fell through, officials said.

Davis has a previous rap sheet that includes an active warrant in Oregon for a hit-and-run crash, domestic assault and possession of cocaine.


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