Former Ross-Simons employee charged with stealing $222K worth of jewelry

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Cranston jewelry theft suspect Yanill C. Taveras

CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Police are working to recover tens of thousands of dollars worth of merchandise that was stolen from a Cranston-based jeweler, and a former employee is believed to be the culprit. 

Yanill C. Taveras, 26, of Providence, was arrested on an embezzlement charge late last month, according to Cranston police.

Police said they were contacted by Ross-Simons on Jan. 29 after management discovered some high-value pieces of jewelry were missing from their inventory.

In total, 121 pieces of jewelry worth approximately $222,152 were unaccounted for, police said.

Taveras was identified as a possible suspect, according to police, and detectives soon learned she had pawned large amounts of jewelry at area pawn shops.

Police paid those businesses a visit and said they retrieved approximately $105,650 worth of the missing jewelry.

Taveras was arrested on Jan. 31 and arraigned that day on a single count of embezzlement/fraudulent conversion over $100. She was released on $4,500 surety bail and is due back in court on April 25.

Police continue to investigate and asked that anyone with information on Taveras or the stolen jewelry contact Detective Joseph Hopkins at (401) 477-5065 or leave anonymous tip through the MyPD app or Tipsoft.

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