Crime

Woman suspected of stealing $23,000 in jewelry from Pierce, King County stores

A woman stole about $23,000 worth of jewelry from stores in Pierce and King counties by pretending to look at the merchandise and then running out with it, prosecutors allege.

Jennifer Lynn Hagdahl, 22, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to five counts of first-degree trafficking stolen property, one count of first-degree theft, and four counts of second-degree theft.

Her bail was set at $20,000.

According to charging papers:

Hagdahl stole gold chains from various stores between May 30 and June 16.

The Ben Bridge and Helzberg Diamond stores in the Tacoma Mall were among those hit, as well as Fred Meyer stores in Kent and Federal Way.

Chains were stolen from the Diamond Innovations shop in Federal Way as well.

Surveillance footage showed Hagdahl taking some of the chains, and a man was with her during at least one of the crimes, prosecutors said.

Pawn shop records showed she sold jewelry similar to what was stolen.

Her brother told officers he thought Hagdahl was addicted to heroin, and had recently moved out of her mother’s home in Federal Way.

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