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Forum News Service, Published November 21 2013

Woman accused of stealing nearly $800,000 in jewelry

DULUTH - A woman who allegedly began taking and then pawning jewelry from the Duluth store where she worked to make ends meet eventually got “greedy” and is accused of stealing nearly $800,000 worth of goods over a two-year period, court records show.

A St. Louis County District Court complaint filed Nov. 15 details a felony theft count against Ashley Marie Wiskow of Duluth.

Wiskow, 29, worked at Security Jewelers for more than two years before the theft was discovered. In October, a Duluth police investigator was reviewing an unrelated burglary case with a check of area pawn records when she discovered transactions made by Wiskow.

Wiskow was interviewed Oct. 10 and admitted stealing items from the store, police said.

“The defendant stated she was not making enough money to pay the bills so she began to take items to live,” the police report said. It went on to say Wiskow admitted she got “greedy and kept stealing.”

Wiskow took items that were stored away from the view of security cameras, the report said.

Pawn records show Wiskow received more than $60,000 from pawn shops through 278 transactions. Those items had a retail value of $796,883, the store’s owner told police. Most of the jewelry wasn’t recovered.