HERNANDO COUNTY, Fla. - A 13-year-old Hernando County boy is charged with grand theft of $25,000 worth of jewelry. Deputies say he had friends take the jewelry to local pawn shops and then give him a share of the money.
The jewelry was reportedly owned by his grandmother.
On October 21, the boy's grandmother returned home after being away from her residence for an extended time.
Upon her return, the woman found that approximately $25,000 worth of jewelry and electronics missing.
The woman called authorities and advised them that her grandson might be responsible because he had stole n from her in the past.
Detectives say that the boy stole the items from his grandmother's home and gave the items to various people to take to pawn shops. Then, detectives say he convinced the others to pawn the items and to split the money with him.
Detectives located five pawn transactions completed by Roderick Darrell Ward-Ross Jr., 19, where jewelry was pawned.
The boy's grandmother identified the jewelry as hers.
Post Miranda, an arrest report states the boy admitted to his involvement in the case. The boy did not provide any other names, aside from Ross, that assisted him with pawning the items.
Detectives believe there are other individuals involved that have yet to be identified.
The boy was arrested and charged with grand theft and five counts of dealing in stolen property. Due to the boy being a juvenile, he was released to a parent.
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