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Deputies: Woman admits pawning mom’s jewelry

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

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A Lincolnton woman faces three separate felony charges after deputies said she confessed to them this week that she had been stealing her mother’s jewelry and selling it at a local pawnshop over the past year.
Deputies arrested Kara Ilien Carpenter, 27, and charged her Wednesday with one felony count each of larceny, possession of stolen goods and obtaining property by false pretenses, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
Carpenter had been taking the jewelry from her mother’s residence and pawning the items at Assay Gold in Denver, obtaining $7,500 in cash, deputies said.
A press release noted that the jewelry was valued at more than $10,000.
Pawnshop officials reportedly confirmed details with deputies and Carpenter’s mother to show that Kara Carpenter had indeed been selling the items at the store.
Carpenter’s mother received a tip about her daughter’s criminal behavior, after she had assumed that she had been misplacing her jewelry, deputies said.
Carpenter remains in the Lincoln County jail under a $10,000 secured bond and is due in court on Dec. 6.
According to records on the North Carolina Department of Correction website, she was convicted of misdemeanor drug use in the county in May.

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