A Florida man allegedly proposed to his fiancée using rings he stole from his other girlfriend.
Per a release from the Volusia’s Sheriff’s Office, Joseph L. Davis, who allegedly went by “Joe Brown,” is wanted on a felony charge of grand theft.
Earlier this year, authorities say one of Davis’ girlfriends discovered he was engaged to another woman.
When the girlfriend looked up the fiancée’s Facebook page, she noticed that the woman was wearing a wedding band and an engagement ring identical to the ones she received from a previous marriage.
When the girlfriend checked her jewelry box, she discovered that her rings — as well as other pieces of jewelry, including a diamond ring that belonged to her grandmother — were allegedly stolen. Police say the total value of property stolen was about $6,270.
After the girlfriend confronted Davis about the alleged thefts, she began communicating with the fiancée and got some of her belongings back.
Both relationships — which reportedly began on the dating app OKCupid — eventually ended due to infidelity. Allegedly, Davis did not use his real name on his profile.
Additionally, the fiancée told police that Davis allegedly took her to his girlfriend’s house and claimed it was his.
Ultimately, authorities were able to track down Davis after the fiancée remembered the name and address of his niece in North Carolina. With this information, police ended up contacting Davis’ sister.
After identifying him, police discovered he had a criminal record in both Oregon and North Carolina, as well as an arrest warrant out of Oregon in connection with an alleged hit-and-run crash with injuries.
As of this writing, Davis is currently at large.
Those with information about Davis’ whereabouts are asked to contact the Volusia Sheriff’s Office at 386-668-3830 and ask for Detective Wheeler.
If anyone wishes to remain anonymous and qualify for a potential cash reward, they may contact Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida at 888-277-TIPS, or via the P3 Tips app.