A resident assistant at Penn State faces two felony charges after allegedly stealing a $5,350 engagement ring, according to State College police.
Arleyna Loss reported her engagement ring had been stolen from her residence on Nov. 15, after she hosted a dinner for the RAs at Penn State who were under her supervision.
Police contacted every individual that was at the residence and many suspected Saikiran Bomma, 22. Bomma said she was aware of the situation, but did not take the ring, according to police.
In an interview with police on Nov. 24, Bomma again denied taking the ring and said she believed one of Loss’s dogs may have eaten the ring.
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Four days after that interview, the ring popped up.
Loss told police the ring was found laying on her office floor behind a door on Nov. 28. She also reported that another RA contacted her at 3 a.m. and told her that he witnessed Bomma place the ring in her office, according to police.
Police met with the witness on Nov. 29. He said Bomma contacted him on Nov. 27 to request that he help her move items out of her old room. Around midnight, the RA said, Bomma stated she wanted to take her name tag off Loss’s office door because she was no longer one of her RAs, according to police.
While waiting for Bomma, the RA said he heard what sounded like a metal clink and he noticed Bomma was on her hands and knees in front of the door.
Bomma then told him she had the ring and was sliding it under Loss’s office door to return it, according to police.
Bomma faces theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property charges. She is free without bail pending her appearance at a preliminary hearing Wednesday.