Published: Jul 17, 2013 6:08 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 17, 2013 6:48 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. - A maintenance man admitted to breaking into the apartment of a tenant, stealing a ring then pawning it.

The victim, who didn't want to be identified, says back in early July a neighbor called to tell her of a suspicious visit from the maintenance man at The Brittany apartments off Winkler Avenue.

Fort Myers Police arrested 39-year old Bryce Herndon after he admitted to the crime.

The stolen ring was a gift from the victim's so, who even tried to offer other pieces of jewelry to the thief in exchange.

Police say a report wasn't filed until weeks after the crime - which made success of finding the stolen item less likely.

Detectives say 15 days after an item has been pawned dramatically decreases the liklihood of recovery.