Good Samaritan returns lost engagement ring moments before proposal

Couple now looking for Good Samaritan

SAN DIEGO - A San Diego man contacted 10News after a Good Samaritan found a lost engagement ring but refused to accept a reward or even leave his name.

Steve Buice and Josefina Karpecki hit it off at hello. A few months into their relationship, he started looking at engagement rings.

Tuesday night, right before he planned to propose, he and his friend met at a Mira Mesa Home Depot to put a microphone on Buice so they could record the moment he proposed.

Buice set down his jacket, which had his wallet and ring in it, on the trunk of a car next to him.

Without realizing it, the owner of the car drove away. About 20 minutes later, a man drove up waving a black jacket at him. Buice had no idea who he was or what he wanted.

"Then he says, 'I have your wallet and your diamond ring,'" Buice told 10News.

His friend took out his camera and started recording the man returning the items.

Buice is seen on camera saying, "Unbelievable! He found us! It's about seven minutes before I ask her to marry me."

He thanked the Good Samaritan and wanted to do something for him, but the man said no and was gone in an instant.

A few minutes later, "Operation Please Say Yes" moved forward and Buice proposed to his girlfriend.

Karpecki said yes, but now the couple is desperately trying to find him so they can properly thank him and give him a family pack of tickets to Disneyland.

"So they can be at the happiest place on earth because my girlfriend and I … we're on the happiest place on earth right now," said Buice.

He paid thousands of dollars for that ring and he happened to have a lot of cash in his wallet in case they wanted to go to dinner.

Buice said all the cash was still in the wallet. Home Depot is also helping the couple try to find the Good Samaritan.

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