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Beaufort assisted-living employee charged with stealing jewelry from 92-year-old

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A woman working at an assisted-living home in Beaufort was charged Tuesday with stealing rings from a 92-year-old woman.

The 21-year-old suspect was working at Morningside of Beaufort, an assisted living community on Salem Road and had access to the elderly woman's room, according to Beaufort police. Investigators believe she stole six rings set with precious and semiprecious gems between Dec. 7 and Dec. 22 and pawned them at Freddie's Trading Post on Boundary Street.

She faces six misdemeanor counts of petty larceny and one misdemeanor count of obtaining goods under false pretenses. She was in the Beaufort County Detention Center on Tuesday night awaiting a bond hearing.

The rings, valued at between $100 and $700 each, were all recovered from the pawn shop and returned to the owner, police said.

The suspect has no felony charges in Beaufort County, according to court records.

If convicted of petty larceny, a single charge could result in a fine of up to $1,000 or as many as 30 days in prison.

If convicted of obtaining goods under false pretenses, she could face a fine of up to $1,000, as many as 30 days in prison or both.

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