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Thieves swipe $263,574 necklace from - no way!

Published January 25, 2007

Diamond bracelet, 9.98 carats, total weight, 14 karat gold: $9,988.

TAMPA - Industrial-sized tub of mayonnaise, check. Two dozen packs of ramen noodles, check. Quarter-million dollar diamond necklace ... huh?

It's true. Two men stole a necklace valued at $263,574 from a Carrollwood Sam's Club store Tuesday night.

Sam's Club, the members-only bulk warehouse chain, sells some seriously big ticket items. You can furnish a legal office and woo a socialite while scoring peanut butter by the gallon.

"If somebody is not familiar with Sam's Club, they will be pleasantly surprised," said company spokeswoman Susan Koehler. "That's the fun of it. When you go in, you never know what you're going to find."

Sam's Club, owned by Wal-Mart, opened 24 years ago as a stock shop for business owners. Today, anyone with a $40 membership can shop there.

"They fit a niche," said Ron Ackerman, owner of Ackerman Jewelers in Carrollwood. "We're totally different from them. Sam's Club is ... Sam's Club."

No arrests had been made Wednesday in the robbery at the Sam's Club at 15835 N Dale Mabry Highway.

A stroll through the store shows nothing as pricey as the stolen necklace. Still, some items cost a pretty penny.

- Diamond bracelet, 9.98 carats, total weight, 14 karat gold: $9,988

- Sony Bravia 46-inch widescreen LCD television: $2,797.48

- Yellow and white diamond pendant, 1.29 carats, total weight: $1,739

- Lane Furniture leather sofa: $836.53

- Bose DVD home theater system: $798.67

- Nina Raye black crocodile handbag: $650

- Winchester gun safe: $584

- Electrolux Trilobite vacuum: $497

- Sovereign of the Seas 28-inch handcrafted boat replica: $369


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