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Johnson City police charge North Carolina woman with $93,400 Dempsey's jewelry heist

February 8th, 2014 8:04 am by Staff Report

Johnson City police charge North Carolina woman with $93,400 Dempsey's jewelry heist

Kingsley Michelle Perkins

Police have charged a North Carolina woman with stealing more than $90,000 worth of rings from a Johnson City jewelry store, and more arrests are expected.

Kingsley Michelle Perkins, 28, 631 N. Mclin Creek Road, Conover, N.C., was identified as the woman who took three rings from Dempsey's Jewelers, 3018 Peoples St., on Jan. 29, Johnson City police said in a news release.

Police said Perkins asked to see three diamond engagement rings  — each three to four carats — and as she tried them on, she grabbed the rings and ran out the store. A police report indicated the woman took three rings — one valued at $45,000, another valued at $25,000 and one valued at $23,800.

On Thursday, a warrant was issued for Perkins' arrest, and the Conover Police Department arrested her on a fugitive from justice charge in North Carolina. She waived extradition to Tennessee and was brought back to Johnson City, where local police charged her with theft of property over $60,000.

She was jailed in the Washington County Detention Center on $100,000 bond pending a Sessions Court appearance Monday.

On the day of the heist, police said Dempsey’s employees reported that the woman got into a small white newer model vehicle, possibly a Toyota Camry, and left the parking lot. Police pulled two photographs from Dempsey’s surveillance cameras,  two showing the woman and one showing the vehicle. Police said a man was driving the vehicle, but had no concrete description of him.

Following Perkins' arrest, police said the investigation was continuing and more arrests were expected.

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