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Woman says she left $35,000 worth of jewelry in taxi, including wedding ring

Taxi cabs line up a New York City

Taxi cabs line up a New York City street. (Oct. 22, 2007) Photo Credit: Getty Images

A woman says she accidentally left a bag containing $35,000 worth of jewelry in the trunk of a New York City taxi on Wednesday.

Brooklyn visual artist Mariko Spigner was moving from an apartment on Vanderbilt Avenue in Prospect Heights to Sunset Park Wednesday morning, transporting her belongings via cab, according to the New York Post. Spigner, a Japanese citizen originally from Tokyo, has lived in New York for more than 10 years, her friend Fabiana Lugli told amNewYork.

Moments after the cab took off, Spigner realized she had left a backpack in the trunk, containing her $35,000 worth of jewelry, her green card, her Social Security card and some shoes.  

"I screamed and screamed in the middle of the street, but it was too late," Spigner told the Post.

The lost jewelry box included her $15,000 engagement ring, which she designed herself, and a $2,000 wedding ring.

"Me and Mariko were just desperate, trying to see what could be done," Lugli said. "She should have kept the jewelry with her, but now it's too late." 

Spigner says she has filed a report with the Taxi and Limousine Commission and the New York Police Department, but her pricey belongings have not been turned in.


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