Jewelry theft charges land woman in prison
MOUNT CARMEL - A borough woman is in Northumberland County Prison on charges she stole more than $4,500 worth of jewelry from a residence and then tried to sell it to a local coin shop.
Mount Carmel Borough Police charged Sherry L. Wright, 38, of 251 E. Buick St., with theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property following the investigation into the Aug. 23 jewelry theft from the Ashbaugh residence on East Second Street.
According to court documents filed by Patrolman Jason Drumheller, officers were called to the home by Lisa Ashbaugh, who informed police that a family friend, who works as their cleaning lady, came to the residence on Aug. 23 with Wright. She told police that they knew Wright but haven't spoken to her in years.
While both ladies were at the home, Ashbaugh received a call from her husband, saying he was broken down on the highway. Ashbaugh then left the home leaving the two women there. When Ashbaugh returned, she observed Wright in a nervous state while closing up her purse. When asked what was wrong, Wright allegedly told Ashbaugh that she lost her baby's pacifier.
Later that evening, the family discovered two wedding sets, a wedding band and a diamond, a diamond necklace, a cherry pendant and numerous jewelry items were missing from the home and called police.
One week later, Drumheller received a call from Richard Wright, owner of Ye Olde Coin Shoppe in Shamokin, who told police Sherry Wright, no relation, came to the store on Aug. 23 and attempted to sell some of the jewelry there. An employee told police she recalled Wright attempting to sell a cherry pendant, which allegedly matched the description of the one stolen from Ashbaugh, along with rings, a multicolored bracelet and a pocket watch.
Drumheller said that the items described matched all the property missing from the Ashbaugh residence. According to an inventory sheet given by the family, 15 items, valued at $4,645.75, were stolen.
Wright was arraigned Monday before Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones, of Mount Carmel and placed in prison on $20,000 bail. A preliminary hearing on the charges is set for Wednesday, Dec. 19.