Crime & Courts

Reward doubles for return of ring stolen from dying woman

This ring was stolen from Danielle Zimmerman.
This ring was stolen from Danielle Zimmerman.

The reward offered for the return of a wedding ring stolen last month from a dying woman has more than doubled.

The reward is $4,255, up from the $2,000 originally offered Friday by members of the Wichita Crime Commission. Donations from the public have caused the reward to grow.

“It has really taken off,” said Gordon Bassham, executive director of the commission, which oversees the Crime Stoppers program.

On Dec. 29, Danielle Zimmerman suffered a brain aneurysm while in the drive-through lane of the Taco Bell at 3725 E. Harry. While she was stricken, someone stole her purse and cellphone from her car and pulled the wedding ring from her finger.

Zimmerman, 43, died the next day.

Although three men have since been arrested, the ring has yet to be recovered. Zimmerman’s family, along with Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer, have asked for its return.

Tips can be submitted by calling 316-267-2111, online at, or by text message to CRIMES – 274637 – and beginning the the message with TIP217.

People can contribute to the wedding ring reward fund by calling the Crime Commission at 316-267-1235 or by e-mail at Online donations can be made by going to and clicking on the “donations” link.

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