Victim of jewelry heist talks about ordeal

A former Niles chef is facing theft charges after police said he stole jewelry from a Kinsman family

BROOKFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – Daimer Ceson, a former Niles chef accused of stealing more than $40,000 in jewelry, waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Eastern District Court on Thursday.

Police said Ceson’s downfall began shortly after the closing of DiVino’s restaurant in Niles.

“He was supposed to be some type of Michelin chef, which we find out he is not, and these people up in Kinsman befriended him. He came to stay with them up in Kinsman,” Trumbull County Sheriff’s Major Tom Stewart said.

Jane Banning-Lucarell took Ceson in when he was down on his luck. She said she invited him to stay with her and her family until he got back on his feet and found a job.

“We had absolutely no vested interest other than being kind and helping someone and that is why it really hurts,” she said.  

Banning-Lucarell said Ceson cooked up lies and while she was in the hospital last month for heart surgery, he began to steal their most prized possessions.

“On New Year’s Eve, my sister went up to her room and noticed her diamond was not there. And then I went into my room and checked my ring and knew immediately it was not my stone in the center,” she said.

Stewart said Ceson offered to watch the house while Banning-Lucarell was having surgery. He said Ceson would remove the diamonds from the ring mount.

The Trumbull County Sheriff tracked down one of the stones to a Boardman diamond shop, but so far no luck with the rest.

“My plea is to the pawnbrokers and the jewelers who may have purchased these things. It would be the right thing to do is to give them back to us,” Banning-Lucarell said. “There are sentimental attachments to these things. It is not like we have a lot of jewelry or we are multi-millionaires. It was the sentiment.”

In addition to the diamonds, Banning-Lucarell said she noticed other pieces of jewelry missing as well and the total loss is about $40,000.

Banning-Lucarell said she would like to see Ceson get deported.

“He does not deserve to live in our great nation. I want him deported but I wish he would just come clean and with where he took the things,” Banning-Lucarell said.

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