A 20-year-old San Diego man accused of stealing a diamond ring from a Lake Elsinore retailer while pretending to inspect it for purchase was charged Monday with grand theft.

Charles Laray Fluker was arrested Thursday after he allegedly tried to elude Riverside County sheriff’s deputies.

Fluker was being held in lieu of $10,000 bail at the Byrd Detention Center and was slated to make his initial court appearance Monday afternoon at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta.

According to sheriff’s Sgt. Brett Seckinger, the defendant went to a jewelry store at the Lake Elsinore Outlets on Collier Avenue about 3:30 p.m. Thursday, appearing to be an interested buyer and asking to look at a diamond ring he spotted underneath a glass display case.

“While inspecting the ring, (Fluker) fled the store in an unknown direction,” Seckinger said. “Deputies, including a K9 service dog, arrived in the area, and after searching for several minutes, located the suspect running on foot. He was apprehended without incident after a short chase.”

The ring was not found. Its value was not disclosed.

Fluker has no prior documented felony convictions in Riverside County.

–City News Service

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