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Johnson City man charged with Elizabethton jewelry theft

July 22nd, 2011 11:29 am by John Thompson

ELIZABETHTON — A Johnson City man turned himself in at the Elizabethton Police Department on Wednesday and was arrested on a charge of theft over $10,000. The charge stems from the theft of jewelry valued at $23,518.82 from an Elizabethton residence in May.
Investigator Kirk Carrier said in a news release that Christopher James Milhorn, 27, 1105 King Richard Blvd., Johnson City, admitted to selling the jewelry and providing false information to precious metal merchants when asked how he had acquired the jewelry. Milhorn also said he received a portion of the money obtained from the sale.
Police began the investigation of the stolen jewelry on May 30, when Kennetha Marshall told investigators that someone had stolen several pieces of jewelry and a Craftsman circular saw from her residence.
The arrest warrant indicated Milhorn had been developed as a suspect because he was the boyfriend of Marshall’s daughter and had access to the property.
Precious metal receipts from East Tennessee Gold Exchange in Elizabethton and Southern Gold Traders in Johnson City were discovered that listed Milhorn as the person who sold jewelry. Some of the jewelry was recovered from Southern Gold Traders.
According to the arrest warrant, the estimated value of the recovered jewelry is $14,133.82. The estimated value of the property never recovered is $9,385. The amount Southern Gold Traders paid for the jewelry was $1,524.
Milhorn was released on $10,000 bond and he is scheduled to answer the charge in Sessions Court on Aug. 29.

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