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Teen charged in Wis. with diamond necklace theft

  • Associated Press
  • September 10, 2013 - 10:05 AM

LA CROSSE, Wis. — A teen accused of stealing her mother's $51,000 diamond necklace and selling it for $100 to a jewelry store employee in Wisconsin has been charged with misdemeanor theft.

The La Crosse Tribune reported (http://bit.ly/1aZTy3k ) the FBI recovered the 4.6-carat diamond necklace before police arrested the teen on Friday. She was charged Monday in La Crosse County Circuit Court.

The teen's mother told authorities she thought she lost the necklace during a June move from La Crosse to Chanhassen, Minn.

The 17-year-old was arrested after having the necklace appraised at Rogers & Hollands jewelry store, which contacted the FBI's La Crosse office, suspecting theft.

According to police reports, an employee at another jewelry store bought the necklace from the teen for $100 while he was on a break. The man later told police that he suspected the necklace was stolen and "was going to try to get to the bottom on it." He didn't explain why he didn't call police.

The teen's mother told police the girl has a history of stealing but denied taking the necklace.

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