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2nd arrest made in $90,000 Johnson City jewelry heist

March 5th, 2014 3:20 pm by Staff Report

2nd arrest made in $90,000 Johnson City jewelry heist

Kingsley Michelle Perkins and Paul Robert Perkins

Johnson City police on Wednesday announced a second arrest in a jewelry store heist in which a woman allegedly walked out with more than $90,000 worth of rings.

Paul Robert Perkins, Hickory N.C., was arrested for his alleged role in the Jan. 29 robbery at Dempsey's Jewelers, 3018 Peoples St. He was originally arrested in North Carolina and brought back to Johnson City Wednesday to face the charges.

A third arrest was pending, police said in a news release.

On Feb. 8, police arrested Kingsley Michelle Perkins, 28, 631 N. Mclin Creek Road, Conover, N.C., identifying her as the woman who took the rings. Sgt. Kevin Peters said Kingsley Perkins was a sibling of Paul Robert Perkins. 

Police said Kingsley 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.

Kingsley Perkins was bound over to the grand jury on Feb. 18.

Kingsley and Paul Perkins were each charged with theft over $60,000.

Paul Perkins was held Wednesday in the Washington County Detention Center on $100,000 bond pending a Sessions Court appearance Thursday.

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