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Crime Blog: Mom, son accused of pawning stolen wedding ring

by staff

Posted on August 15, 2011 at 5:49 PM

SPRING, Texas – A Harris County mom and her son are facing charges after police say they pawned a woman’s stolen wedding ring.

Charles Dashiell Wenger, 29, and his mother, Linda Lewis Dempsey, are both charged with theft.

According to court documents, the victim and her husband went out of town for the weekend, leaving their son in charge.

When they got home, the victim said the house was in disarray.

She said she confronted her son, who admitted that he’d had a party.

The victim said when she checked in her bedroom to see if anything was missing, she noticed a wedding ring, two other rings and a watch – worth about $25,000 total—were nowhere to be found.

When investigators checked local pawn shop records, they said the wedding ring was pawned at a Tomball location.

Investigators got surveillance video, which they said showed Dempsey and her son pawning the ring.

According to court documents, the victim’s son said Wenger was among the people at his party.

Deputies said Dempsey admitted that her son had come to her with three rings and a watch, asking her to pawn them for him.

She said she knew they weren’t his, but because her son needed money, she pawned the wedding ring.

Deputies said Dempsey provided them with the other two rings and the watch.

Both Dempsey and Wenger were arrested. Dempsey was free on bond Monday, but Wenger remained in jail on $20,000 bond.