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Officer replaces stolen diamond engagement ring

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Arthur Wagner noticed bruising on his wife's hand where her engagement ring had been stolen. (Source: WSVN/FOX) Arthur Wagner noticed bruising on his wife's hand where her engagement ring had been stolen. (Source: WSVN/FOX)

PLANTATION, FL (WSVN/FOX) - A police officer made a generous gesture by replacing the stolen diamond engagement ring of an elderly hospital patient.

Officer Laurie Graber replaced the ring Betty Wagner had worn for 67 years - since her husband asked her to marry him in the summer of 1946.

Now weak with advancing Alzheimer's disease, Wagner was sedated in a hospital bed at Westside Regional Medical Center near Miami.

Last Saturday, her yellow gold diamond engagement ring went missing.

"I just couldn't imagine what kind of depravity you would have to have to take something off of someone so vulnerable," Graber said. "I went to JC Penney and I bought a small ring, and I took it back to the hospital and I left a little note."

Arthur Wagner remembered paying $400 for the ring at the time he bought it.

He was emotional at the thought of it going missing.

"I'm holding her hand, talking to her and the ring is gone," Arthur Wagner said. "From the bruises on her finger that looked like both rings were pulled off and the wedding band was put back on, I just tear up. It was tough."

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