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The Bench Jewelers has since closed, but its owner, Timothy New, is accused of taking customers’ jewelry, which he was supposed to sell on consignment for a “small fee,” then keeping the money for himself and not paying his customers.

The Lawrenceville Police Department is hoping to return jewelry to anyone who may have been scammed by Timothy New, former owner of The Bench Jeweler on Crogan Street.

According to police, New, who is currently facing 10 theft charges, would accept jewelry from customers, which he was then supposed to sell on consignment for a “small fee.”

“Mr. New was using the proceeds of the sale for his own use and not paying the customers the money they were owed,” said Lawrenceville Police Department spokesman Lt. Jake Parker. “In other cases, Mr. New was paid to design and make custom jewelry but never completed the work and refused to refund the customer’s money.”

Though The Bench Jeweler has since closed and has no current business license in Georgia, Lawrenceville police continue to receive “numerous” reports about New.

“Detectives have served several search warrants, which yielded the recovery of a large amount of jewelry,” Parker said. “We are seeking help and looking to return the jewelry to the confirmed owners, as well as identify additional victims.”

Anyone who was a customer and left jewelry with New for consignment or repair is asked to email details of their situation, along with contracts, receipts and pictures, to Det. Dena Pauly at Customers can also call 770-670-5110.

Crime Reporter

Isabel is a crime and health reporter for the Gwinnett Daily Post. She graduated from Emory University in 2016 with a B.A. in international studies. She is originally from the Boston area.