A 22-year-old man is facing multiple theft and fraud charges after Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies say he pawned more than $20,000 worth of his stepmother’s jewelry.
Jared Lefton confessed to deputies Nov. 16 that he’d taken the jewelry and a debit card from his parents’ home near Lake Worth during the last two months.
In early October, his stepmother realized her debit card was missing when she went to use it at a store. Her transaction history showed someone had withdrawn $400 cash from the card, paid for an Airbnb and footed a $60 bill at Brass Tap in Boynton Beach, the sheriff’s office report states.
The woman had a hunch Lefton may have stolen jewelry from her, as well. Deputies checked local pawn shops and learned Lefton had pawned at least eight pieces of the woman’s jewelry, including a gold necklace, 18k white gold earrings and an engagement ring, valued at $22,000. He only pocketed about $1,100 for the jewelry, Lake Worth Gold Mine employees told the sheriff’s office.
Lefton is receiving treatment at a drug and alcohol recovery facility, according to court records. He is scheduled to appear in court again Dec. 16, records show.