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Erwin man charged with stealing stepmother's jewelry

Staff Report • Jan 9, 2012 at 2:31 PM

ELIZABETHTON — A Unicoi County man was arrested over the weekend on a charge he stole several pieces of his stepmother’s jewelry and sold them.

Ryan James Nelson, 26, 99 Gard Banner Road, Erwin, was arrested by the Carter County Sheriff’s Department on a charge of theft over $1,000.

Investigator Travis Ludlow said the charge stems from a complaint made by Sherry Nelson on Nov. 23. She told deputies that several pieces of her jewelry had gone missing from her home during the previous two weeks.

She told deputies the jewelry included a 23-karat gold puzzle ring with ruby and white sapphire stones in the “X” part of the ring, valued at $450; a 14-karat gold wedding ring with no diamond but with three oval-shaped ruby stones, valued at $350; her father’s 14-karat gold class ring, valued at $300; a 14-karat gold necklace with heart-shaped ruby, valued at $275; a man’s Mickey Mouse watch, valued at $275; a 14-karat gold ring with a pearl in swirl setting with two small diamonds, valued at $250; and numerous other pieces of jewelry. The total value of the missing jewelry was $3,675.

Ludlow began checking area pawn shops and gold buyer listings. He said his search revealed that Ryan Nelson had pawned six pieces of jewelry at 1A Pawn in Elizabethton on Nov. 23. Ludlow said he also found Nelson had sold some gold jewelry to Gold Buyers in Elizabethton on Nov. 17. Ludlow said Mrs. Nelson identified several of the pieces of the jewelry as objects stolen from her.

Ryan Nelson is scheduled to answer the charge in Sessions Court on Feb. 6. He was released from jail on $5,000 bond.

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