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Orange Park man charged in jewelry theft

5:48 PM, Nov 25, 2013   |    comments
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GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- The theft of $100,000 worth of jewelry lands an Orange Park home inspector in jail charged with grand theft.

Ronnie Lee Stevens Junior, 49, remains in the Clay County Jail with his bond set at $350,000.

Green Cove Springs Police say a home that was being sold in Magnolia Point that Stevens had inspected and had two Rolex watches and other valuables removed from a safe in a bedroom.

The victim, at the encouragement of investigators, looked for the jewelry allegedly finding some items in Kingsley Jewelry in Orange Park.

The owner, Michael Wild, was charged with a misdemeanor by failure not to record and report jewelry items he had purchased.  That is required by law.

Detective James Acres says the investigation now focuses on whether there might be other victims.

"It's possible," said Acres.

"They (investigators) are criss-crossing, referencing the location that he's inspected and we will see what comes from it," said Acres.

Steven's attorney who according to police reports led investigators to recovering some of the stolen jewelry declined to comment.     

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