Wichita Falls resident and alleged master diamond ring robber Brian Maurice Fuller was arrested by members of the Wichita County Sheriff’s Office and Wichita Falls Police Department last year for allegedly assaulting a Highland Park woman and stealing her 7.5 carat pear shaped solitaire diamond and baguette ring valued at more than $90,000. Wichita Falls law enforcement officials are today keeping an eye out for Fuller as reports indicate he is running loose again in Wichita County after he was released from jail in Dallas by mistake.
Deputies under the direction of Wichita County Sheriff David Duke found buried treasure in the defendant’s backyard in an upscale Wichita Falls neighborhood which law enforcement authorities suspect was also stolen.
Victim Jill Katz was probably happy with the job Wichita Falls law enforcement did. Fuller was arrested and escorted to the Wichita County Jail where he spent the next six months after a Wichita Falls magistrate wisely set the bond at $500,000 in February of 2010.
Even the accused diamond thief couldn’t afford to make a bond that high.
Fuller was transported to Dallas and he was transferred into the custody of the Dallas system.
A Dallas magistrate decreased his bond from $500,000 to $50,000 despite a lengthy criminal history, outstanding warrants and a parole violation.
Dallas Police spokesman Corporal Kevin Janse said the department was disappointed that Fuller was able to quickly make bond and and just as quickly he vanished into thin air. Dallas police are concerned that Katz won’t be his last victim now that he is roaming free.
Dallas police believe Fuller is still in the Dallas or Wichita Falls area and telling people he’s working as an informant. Law enforcement officials say that is untrue and that he is not working for them.
A Dallas magistrate admitted the bond reduction was a mistake.
For her part, the victim Katz, who originally kept her identity secret, says she no longer cares about the ring which she values at close to $100,000. To her justice is more important than recovering the ring.
Jill Katz says a few seconds of pain led to months of reconstruction. Her head slammed into concrete during the course of the vicious robbery. She has had five surgeries since the traumatic event in the parking lot of a Whole Foods Store on Preston Road in North Dallas.
Wichita Falls residents should be on the lookout for Fuller since he could be roaming loose in Wichita County where he lives when he’s not in jail.
Wichita Falls Police Department Chief Dennis Bachman and his men are on the lookout for Fuller as are Sheriff Duke’s deputies.
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