Matt Wiley | May 14

Angela Helton
Angela Helton

A Zephyrhills woman has been arrested after attempting to sell thousands of dollars in stolen jewelry to the Cash for Gold pawnshop, located on Eiland Blvd. in Wesley Chapel, in February.

According to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO), Angela Christine Helton, 28, of Zephyrhills, was arrested around 2 p.m. on May 14, after it was discovered that she had sold stolen jewelry to Cash For Gold.

The PCSO report says that Helton was staying with a friend, 51-year-old Grazyna Kowalska, also of Zephyrhills, “to help her out.” Unbeknownst to Kowalska, Helton removed $13,000 in jewelry, including gold and silver necklaces, charms, bracelets and earrings.

On February 21, which the report says was the same day that she stole the property, Helton took some of the jewelry to the Cash For Gold location just east of Wesley Chapel and sold it as her own, using her ID, thumbprint and signature when filling out the secondhand dealer receipt. She received only $101 for the jewelry, which was discovered to be stolen and was reported as such to the Zephyrhills Police Department (ZPD), who interviewed Helton. After being read her Miranda rights, Helton admitted to stealing and selling the jewelry.

Helton has been charged with 14 counts of false verification of ownership, 12 counts of dealing in stolen property, three counts of grand theft and one count of burglary. She was still being held at the Pasco County Jail in Land O’ Lakes in lieu of a $78,100 bond at our press time.

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