So my question is this: should the newspaper publish the name of the
jewelry store that purchased a $250,000 diamond from a 20-something
kid for $15,000? I’m sure he didn’t saunter in wearing an Oxxford
suit and Italian loafers. I would sure like to know who bought it-
and doesn’t the public deserve to know?
Stolen diamond surfaces in Ohio
2 held in theft of Foothills gem worth $250K
By Eric Swedlund
ARIZONA DAILY STAR
A 5 1/2-carat diamond stolen during a million-dollar burglary from a
Foothills home in September has been found at a jewelry store in
Cleveland, authorities said.
Detectives with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department were able to
trace the diamond to the jewelry store, and the FBI served a subpoena
at the store and took custody of the diamond, said Deputy Dawn
Barkman, a department spokeswoman.
The $250,000 diamond was taken from a home in the the 7400 block of
North Camino Sin Vacas, in the Rancho Sin Vacas neighborhood, along
with other jewelry and cash on Sept. 26. It is expected to return to
Tucson next week, Barkman said. Several pieces remain missing.
Detectives have arrested two people in connection with the burglary.
Ex-convict Andrew Bennett Soto, 23, was charged with one count of
second-degree burglary, one count of trafficking in stolen property
and two counts of theft. His girlfriend, Petrina Maly, 22, was
charged with theft and trafficking in stolen property.
Detectives believe Maly sold the diamond to a local jewelry store
for $15,000, according to court documents. Detectives then traced the
stone first to New York, then to Cleveland.
The burglar entered the home through an open sliding- glass door.
The home had a security system, but it was not armed.
The victim has offered a large reward for the return of certain
pieces of jewelry, but she was out of town and could not be reached
Wednesday for comment.
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