Shasta County authorities nab alleged jewel thief

Jun 25, 2015 12:56 PM by News Staff

A Redding man who allegedly stole $50,000 worth of jewelry and then sold it at local pawn shops was arrested by the Shasta Gang Unit Wednesday.

An investigation into 21-year-old Tanner Ward was launched in early May after an employee of the Gold Mart on Hilltop Drive told Redding Police Department Investigator a suspicious man named "Tanner" was trying to sell them a $25,000 diamond ring. "Tanner" was turned away because the story he told about owning the ring didn't add up.

The same day Torum received the report from Gold Mart, he was checking pawn records and noticed that Tanner Ward had sold an expensive diamond ring to Heart of Gold Jewelers on Yuba Street.

Around this same time, an elderly Redding couple reported that $50,000 worth of jewelry had been stolen from their car. The couple told investigators they were returning from a trip and because they were so tired, accidentally left the jewelry inside their car.

Since the couple reported the theft, Investigator Torum matched several pieces of jewelry sold to local merchants with the couple's missing property.

Ward, who was listed as one of Shasta County's Most Wanted, was arrested Wednesday evening when he was spotted by the gang unit as they were conducting probation checks.

Redding police Sgt. Shawn McGinnis says Ward stole the jewelry to maintain feed a heroin addiction.

All of the stolen jewelry has been returned and Ward has been booked into the Shasta County Jail on suspicion of Grand Theft.


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