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Posted: Wednesday, August 17, 2011 12:45 pm

An 84-year-old Sun City woman is out more than $90,000 in diamonds and gold after a fall in a Peoria parking lot landed her a trip to the hospital, police said.

Among the items missing are:

• A gold Concord ladies’ watch with 36 diamonds around the face.

• A circular cluster diamond ring with a 3-carat diamond in the center.

• A 9-carat diamond gold ring.

The unidentified woman tripped and fell around 8 a.m. July 28 in the parking lot of her doctor’s office in the 13000 block of North 94th Drive in Peoria, police said. Her hip was injured in the fall, the paramedics were called, and she was transported to Banner Boswell Medical Center in Sun City, police said.

According to the woman and witnesses, she was wearing the two missing rings around the time she was admitted to the hospital, police said. While there, she needed to undergo medical procedures that required her to remove the jewelry, according to police. Authorities said the listed jewelry was later determined to be lost or stolen.

The woman, who underwent surgery on her hip the day after her fall, was then transferred out of the hospital to an acute care center where she remains. 

Detectives are working with Boswell in an attempt to locate the jewelry and are looking for any information that may assist in recovering these items. Hospital officials released a statement this morning addressing the situation.

“Banner Boswell Medical Center is cooperating with the Peoria Police Department in an ongoing investigation of lost or stolen jewelry of a patient who was cared for recently at the hospital,” the statement reads. “As was stated by the police department, the incident is currently under investigation. Banner Boswell staff are fully cooperating with the investigation. We have no further information at this time.”

The two rings are said to possess unique characteristics, which allowed them to pass over the victim’s arthritic knuckles, police said.

Officials ask anyone with information to contact the Peoria Police Department at 623-773-7045.

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