GPD arrests two in jewelry theft case

Published 2:33 pm Friday, July 29, 2011

The Greenville Police Department arrested a pair of individuals on Friday in connection with the theft of $30,000 worth of jewelry.

Kenyan Maxwell, 35, was charged with theft of property, first degree, a Class B felony and breaking and entering a motor vehicle, a Class C felony.

He is being held at the Butler County Correctional Facility on a $30,000 bond.

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Kasandra Ramons, 35, was charged with receiving stolen property, first degree, a Class B felony.

She is being held at the Butler County Correctional Facility on a $20,000 bond.

According to Lt. Justin Lovvorn, the majority of the $30,000 worth of jewelry has been recovered and returned to the owner and the GPD has leads on where the remaining jewelry is.

He expects all of the stolen jewelry to be returned to its owner within a week.

“This was a good snag,” Lovvorn said. “It was just good old fashioned police work. There were no cameras or other leads.

“We really didn’t have a lot to go on at first. It took finding one piece of jewelry and tracking it back from there to build a case.”

The jewelry was stolen approximately one month ago from the parking lot of Chip & Miss Jean’s Gold Buying located at 1012 Fort Dale Road.

The jewelry was in a case in an automobile parked at the business.

“The owner was showing the jewelry to some people that she trusted, and a few other people were around in the area,” Lovvorn said.  “Those individuals must have seen her showing the jewelry. When she finished she made the mistake of not locking her car and another individual went into her car and removed the jewelry.”

The break in the case came when a woman returned one of the rings to the owner.

“At that point Investigator (Kenneth) Hadley got involved in the investigation,” Lovvorn said.

“From talking with the woman that returned the ring we were able to come up with a couple of suspects and we rounded them up and brought them in for questioning.

“Investigator Hadley interviewed them and they confessed.”