A Hatfield Township woman admitted to taking her co-workers jewelry out of her purse at the day care where they worked, and selling it to a Lansdale jeweler.
Courtney J. Jeffries, 26, of the 2300 block of Merel Drive, pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking last week for stealing and then selling her co-worker’s great-grandmother’s engagement ring to Koehler’s Jewelers in December 2010, according to Margaret Gibbons of The Intelligencer.
Jeffries will face no jail time — she must serve 12 hours of community service and serve three years’ probation, according to the article.
Jeffries worked at Children of America in Lansdale.
According to the article, Jeffries, along with her two-year-old son, told police at Lansdale Police Department in December 2010 that she found a pouch containing jewelry in a parking lot near the daycare. Jeffries said Children of America watched her son while she attended classes.
Jeffries never attempted to find the owner, police said, and sold the ring a week later, using the money on her son, herself and at the grocery store, according to the article.
She told police she gave away another ring and still had earrings, which she failed to turn over to police, according to the article.
The co-worker of Jeffries said she would leave her purse unattended inside the daycare, according to the article.
Koehler’s Jewelers purchased the ring in September for $1,500 and had it for sale for $4,500, according to the article.