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Painter steals thousands in jewelry from golf pro's ex-wife

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Golfer John Daly's ex-wife is praising Memphis police after a house painter stole $80,000 worth of jewelry from her home.  Monday, Sherrie Daly said she was grateful officers charged Ross Parham, her painter, with theft.

Parham admitted to police he stole thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and luxury items from Daly's Southwind home during a paint job last Thursday.  According to Daly's attorney, Art Horne, a unique set of circumstances brought the painter to justice.

"His loose lips got him caught and arrested," Horn said.

It began with the surveillance video, which Daly is not releasing.

"(It was) caught on video," Horne said. "He had been the only one at that residence, and he was the only one who could have taken those items."

The list of missing items includes a 10-carat diamond solitaire ring, a 20-carat diamond tennis necklace, a Rolex watch worth $10,000, a Louis Vuitton purse worth $6,500 and a red ruby heart-shaped diamond ring.  Also missing are a Louis Vuitton wallet worth $2,000 and Antonio Melani shoes worth $700.

Horne said Daly gave Parham a chance to come clean.

"She offered for him to bring them back without prosecution," Horne said. "He lied. He manipulated the situation."

According to a Memphis police affidavit, Parham said he pawned some of the items at Handiworks Jewelry on Mendenhall, and tried to gift other items to some young ladies who knew Daly.

"There were other stories," Horne said. "He had a new sugar mamma who had given him money."

A friend phoned Daly to warn her about her painter's deeds. Investigators tracked Ross down and found the valuables in his truck, apartment, and on his person.

"From what I've heard, he was dressed up, ready to hit the town with the money he received from stealing," Horne said. "He also had a bunch of the cash he had received from pawning the items."

Parham, who admitted to police he stole the family jewels, faces a heap of trouble. A charge of theft of property over $60,000 could put him in jail for the next ten years. He was already on probation for a similar crime.

In a statement, Sherrie Daly said, "I want to thank my friends for looking out for me, and the Memphis and Shelby County officers who did a great job investigating my case."

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