Engagement ring safe and sound
NADINE Jacobsen got a surprise, but it didn't go exactly as her partner Michael Clarke had planned.
The former Emerald woman made the trip from Brisbane to Rockhampton on September 17 with her partner, who had planned to propose.
But things turned sour on the next day when the couple discovered their car had been broken into overnight and some of their belongings were missing, including the engagement ring.
“I didn't know what was going on,” Nadine said yesterday as she told her story.
“There was a lot of talking between him and my best friend and he said we need to call the police. Your engagement ring was in the car and it's gone and so's your handbag.”
Though she had looked at the ring with Michael, Nadine had no idea he had bought it or that he was about to propose.
Michael had planned a romantic afternoon in Rockhampton's Botanic Gardens and had stashed the ring in the car where Nadine wouldn't stumble across it.
Though not quite as planned, the proposal went ahead without the ring and the couple returned to Brisbane with little hope of ever seeing it again.
“I got a call and they let me know that they found my ring,” Nadine said.
Despite being terrified of flying, Nadine overcame her fear to return to Rockhampton and collect the ring.
“I still can't believe I got it back,” Nadine said. “It's just as pretty as I remember.”
Nadine praised the work of Rockhampton police and said she still had hopes of recovering the one-of-a-kind New Zealand handbag that was also stolen.
A man has been charged over the theft and will appear in court on October 12.