HOUSTON A 27-year-old woman is accused stealing and pawning $4,500 worth of jewelry from a 66-year-old woman in northeast Houston, police said.

Juawanda Niesha Thomas, of Houston, is charged with third degree felony theft, according to court documents.

According to an affidavit from the Houston Police Department, Thomas stole five rings, two chains and one gold pendant from a woman she was living with in the 3200 block of Brewster.

The victim said that she had allowed Thomas and her children to stay with her. However, on Dec. 6, the victim went to police after she discovered her jewelry missing from a place in her home that she kept locked up.

She told police that only Thomas and her 10-year-old grandson knew where she kept the jewelry locked up. The victim explained that she found some of the pieces at Cash American Pawn, but they refused to give her information on the pawner.

Investigators then spoke with the manager at the pawn shop located in the 6000 block of Lyons Avenue, who provided the ticket numbers, which confirmed that Thomas had pawned the stolen jewelry.

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