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Tempe Police: Man claimed April Fools! when stealing $25k diamond

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Tempe Police say a man pulled off a jewelry store heist, making off with a $25,000 diamond.

Surveillance video shows that the man did not use force or any weapons when he stole the ring.

The heist happened on April 1st, the suspect claimed it was an April fools joke, but as quick as he was, no one was fooled.

Store employees say that the man had visited the store before the theft and had gotten to know them.

When he told those employees the theft was an April fool's joke, no one was laughing.

In the video, you see 27 year-old Phuoc Thanh Tran enter a Capri Jewelers store at Arizona Mills. He checks out a 2 carat diamond ring worth $25,000. He is seen holding the diamond with two employees close by.

The video shows him turning away as if he was going to run and then he turned back. Store employees say he told them he was playing an April fool's joke.

Investigators believe that is the moment he switched the $25,000 rock with a cubic zirconia worth a couple of hundred bucks.

The employees knew something was up; he pulled out an iPad and said he wanted to snap a picture. The employees told him to put the diamond down, and the experts confirmed the diamond he set down was not a diamond at all.

Both employees confronted Tran, and he accused them of playing an April fool's joke on him.

Employees got his license plate number and called police.

Knowing he would eventually be caught, he texted the store saying he would return the diamond and said it was a prank.

Tran returned to the store with the stolen diamond and Tempe Police were waiting for him. He told them he planned to propose to his girlfriend next week.

In addition to having surveillance video, employees say they have training to prevent theft.

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