Woman Arrested for Stealing $222,000 in Jewelry from Ross-Simons Headquarters
Monday, February 11, 2019
The case began on January 29, 2019, when a representative from Ross-Simons Jewelers filed a complaint. The company has been a Rhode Island institution for more than 60 years and mails more than 50 million catalogs a year.
The company reported to the Cranston Police material discrepancies was discovered during their inventory process.
Management at Ross-Simons explained that during an inventory they located jewelry in an office not permitted for storage. Further investigation of inventory transfer documents led to the discovery that certain high-value jewelry pieces were missing.
Taveras, a former employee, was subsequently identified by police as being the primary suspect for the missing jewelry, which totaled 121 pieces, and had a total monetary retail value of approximately $222,152, according to Cranston Police.
Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Unit were assigned to continue the investigation and learned that Taveras had recently pawned large amounts of jewelry at local pawn shops.
Detectives responded to those unidentified pawn shops and were able to retrieve jewelry totaling approximately $105,650. Ross-Simons’ management then identified the jewelry as being a portion of the missing jewelry.
An arrest warrant was authorized, and on January 31, 2019, detectives arrested Taveras, charging her with embezzlement/fraudulent conversion over $100. On January 31, 2019, Tavaras was arraigned at Cranston Police Headquarters before a justice of the peace and released on $4500 surety bail. Her next court appearance is on April 25, 2019.
Anyone who has had any communication with Taveras in regards to any jewelry items is asked to contact Detective Hopkins of the Cranston Police Detective Division at (401) 477-5065. You may also provide confidential information by using our smartphone app, or through the “TipSoft” website: http://www/tipsubmit.com/webtipsstart.aspx Y