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Stolen class ring lands woman in jail

Michelle Erwin

Michelle Erwin

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Snellville woman was arrested Sunday after she reportedly tried to pawn several pieces of stolen jewelry -- including a class ring more than half a century old.

The 71-year-old victim filed a police report in May after noticing at least five pieces of gold jewelry had gone missing from her Cole Drive home in Lilburn, most notably the ring commemorating her 1958 graduating class at a North Carolina high school.

According to the report, the victim "immediately" suspected 25-year-old house guest Michelle Erwin, whom she had "taken into her home a while back to help her out." At the time of the initial report, the victim had not seen Erwin in over a week.

Earlier this month, investigators were able to determine that she had sold a pair of gold bracelets, a diamond pendant and that class ring to a Lilburn pawn shop.

Erwin reportedly netted just under $300 in the transaction.

Gwinnett County Jail records show that Erwin was located Sunday before being arrested and charged with theft by conversion and theft by deception, both misdemeanors. As of Monday evening, she had not posted bond.

The jewelry items were returned to the victim, police said.