Pierce County prosecutors have charged a 19-year-old man with stealing more than $12,000 worth of his grandmother’s jewelry and pawning it to fuel his methamphetamine addiction.
The grandson faces one count of first-degree theft and nine counts of first-degree trafficking in stolen property. Prosecutors said he could face more charges because sheriff’s detectives are still trying to track down all of the stolen jewels. He has not been arraigned.
The grandmother called detectives in January to report that her grandson, who had been living with her in Spanaway, had taken several valuables. When she confronted him, her grandson allegedly admitted he pawned the jewelry and offered to get it back. He then disappeared and didn’t return several phone calls.
In a text message, he told her “that he was dealing with bad people, and that if she notified the police, bad things might happen,” according to charging papers.
The grandmother went through her grandson’s room and found several receipts for pawn shops. She visited the stores and tried to recover her jewelry but pawn shop employees said she needed law enforcement, which is when she decided to report the thefts.