Public Safety

Complaint: North Liberty man stole jewelry to pay fees on previous theft case

CORALVILLE — A North Liberty man who pleaded guilty to stealing thousands of dollars from the mall jewelry store he managed faces another theft charge after allegedly taking more than $20,000 in jewelry from the same store.

According to a criminal complaint, Troy M. Woods, 25, was arrested Monday on a warrant charging him with first-degree theft.

Authorities said Woods was employed as a store manager at Kay Jewelers, 1451 Coral Ridge Avenue, when he allegedly took “numerous pieces of jewelry without purchase,” between March 1, 2017, and Oct. 11, 2017.

According to the complaint, nearly nine months after his employment, Woods mailed the jewelry to a company in New York City that buys and sells diamonds and jewelry. Upon seizing the jewelry, authorities said they determined several pieces were from Kay Jewelers but were never purchased.

Police said Woods admitted to taking some of the jewelry without purchase during his employment. Woods told police he intended to sell the jewelry to make payments toward restitution from a previous theft case.

Police said two of the jewelry pieces recovered were valued in excess of $20,000.

Woods pleaded guilty to first-degree theft in 2018 after stealing more than $52,000 from the store while he was employed there. Police said Woods took merchandise from the store and issued false returns for cash.

He was ordered to pay more than $50,000 in restitution, and had paid nearly $17,000 as of March, according to court documents.

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