East Liverpool jewelry business under investigation

East Liverpool Patrolman Don Fickes speaks with an employee of Stevens Jewelers as officers execute a search warrant at the downtown business.
East Liverpool Patrolman Don Fickes speaks with an employee of Stevens Jewelers as officers execute a search warrant at the downtown business (Morning Journal/Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert).

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (WKBN) — An East Liverpool business owner is facing multiple charges after police executed a search warrant at his store on Tuesday.

Police searched Stevens Jewelers, located 215 E. Fifth St., just after 10 a.m. Tuesday. The looked through the building, business records and checkbooks, the Morning Journal reports.

Detective Greg Smith told the Morning Journal that the warrant was sought after a woman reported she had gone to the store to buy back a necklace which had been stolen from her home and then sold to Stevens Jewelers.

After the owner bought back her necklace for $130, she took it to the jeweler where she had originally purchased it and was advised the diamond’s serial number did not match that of her original purchase.

According to the Morning Journal, officers left with small baggie of items from Steven Jewelers, which contained items brought into the store to be sold as scrap. Smith said paperwork related to the scrap jewelry was not properly completed. The purpose of the paperwork is to make identifying stolen items easier.

Police said Stevens was also operating under an expired license. Charges are expected to be filed.

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