Visitors Offering $1,000 Reward for Return of Stolen Ring


Engagement ring stolen from locked glove box of rental car at Salt Pond

This $4,000 engagement ring was stolen from a vehicle in the Salt Pond parking lot.

Christine Settle and her fiancé were thrilled to celebrate their engagement on St. John earlier this month.

The North Carolina couple had heard wonderful tales about the beauty and serenity of St. John. The two were having a great time, until they spent an afternoon at Salt Pond Bay.

Settle and her fiance were at Salt Pond Bay between 2 and 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 18. When they returned to their locked Jeep in the parking lot, however, her $4,000 engagement ring had been stolen from the locked glove box inside.

While the ring has obvious sentimental value, the item also signifies the last few years of the couple’s life, Settle explained.

“I am extremely upset at the loss of this sentimental item that my fiancé and I worked very hard to purchase,” she said. “We do not have a lot of money and we saved for years to purchase this engagement ring.”

Quickly, the couple’s dream vacation turned into a nightmare.

“I was so excited when we chose to vacation in St. John to celebrate as I have heard wonderful things about your island,” said Settle. “However, we are terribly upset that our belongings were stolen while in a national park on St. John.”

Settle reported the incident to V.I. Police Department officers and she is waiting to receive a copy of the report.
In the meantime, Settle is offering a $1,000 reward, no questions asked, to anyone who can retrieve the ring.

Anyone with information about the location of Settle’s ring is asked to email her at