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Jewlery bust gets woman different kind of bracelets

Alex Green • Jun 6, 2014 at 11:22 PM


A Port Clinton woman has been issued a summons for her arrest for profiting from more than $1,500 worth of jewelry that belonged to a friend, according to Port Clinton police.

Jennifer Cole, 42, of the 700 block E. Second St., has been charged with receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony, police said.

The alleged victim went to police in April stating her purse, containing several pieces of jewelry, had been missing since October, the police report said.

When asked why she waited so long to tell authorities, she said she was unsure if she had misplaced it.

After months of searching her home, it was clear to her the purse had been taken from the home, the report said.

The woman initially had a suspect in mind other than Cole. The first suspect told police the jewelry had been sold by Cole at GSE Jewelers in Port Clinton.

Police went to the store to find out if either Cole or two other suspects had sold jewelry there at some point over the past six months.

Employees discovered Cole had made two sales last December: one for $546, the other for $1,090, the report said.

Most of the items were bracelets with diamonds and sapphires, police said. The store had photographs of the jewelry that had been sold.

The alleged victim identified the jewelry as hers when she viewed photographs, police said.

After finding receipts, police questioned Cole, who strongly denied the accusations, saying she recently sold some of her mother's jewelry when she was asked to.

Police spoke with Cole's mother who was unable to recognize photographs of the jewelry. She also said she did not recently ask Cole to sell any jewelry.

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