A necklace, bracelet, and a diamond ring were taken from a New York apartment on Wednesday, according to authorities.
The thief broke into the apartment on Bedford Avenue in New York, and the items were taken by an employee who called police, authorities said.
The employee told police he found the items in a backpack on the kitchen floor.
He said he was able to get the items to the police department in time for a search, police said.
The apartment has been locked down while police investigate the theft.
Anyone with information on the theft is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.