Norwalk police are investigating the theft of a diamond ring and several thousand dollars from a Milan Avenue restaurant.
The alleged theft took place at 7:11 p.m. July 8 at the Panda Buffet, 187 Milan Ave.
Police Chief Dave Light said an employee went to retrieve her purse because the cash register was low on $1 bills when she noticed her purse was missing.
Several employees were questioned about the whereabouts of purse.
"An employee said an elderly female and two males were at the restaurant and asked about setting up a birthday party for 18 to 20 people," Light said.
"She (the employee) took the elderly female back to the area where they could have the party," Light added. "While she was in the back, the two males stood up front and waited.
"The female said the area for the party would be OK, but she needed to leave to get a birthday cake," the chief said. "They all left and never came back."
Missing is a white Michael Kors purse.
"Inside the purse was a diamond ring with a silver band valued at $3,000," Light said. "There was also $8,000 in cash, along with credit cards, ID and a passport taken."
Light said officers are reviewing video tapes from neighboring businesses to help the investigation.
"We're trying to get a license-plate number or the people," the chief said.