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Felony plea lodged in jewelry thefts

For more than six months, 28-year-old Jessica Lombrana lifted items from the jewelry store where she worked and sold them at an area pawn store.

Hired at Will Jewelers in June 2013, the Huntertown woman took tens of thousands of dollars of in­ven­tory from the store and took it to Cash America Pawn at least 26 times. She doctored receipts to make it appear as if the items were sold. The days she pawned items she stole from the store matched her time card records of days she left work and never returned, according to court documents.

On Wednesday, Lombrana pleaded guilty to theft, a Class C felony be­cause the value of what was stolen was greater than $100,000.

During the course of the investigation, Fort Wayne police detectives and jewelry store officials found that at least $146,000 worth of jewelry was stolen, with an additional $40,000 in inventory missing when she was charged in early March, according to court documents.

The amount of money Lombrana is to pay in restitution is much less than the amount initially spelled out in court documents.

As part of her plea agreement, Lom­brana must pay $71,875 in res­ti­tu­tion to Will Jewelers, an addi­tion­al $9,000 to Jewelers Mutual and $5,382 to Cash America Pawn.

She will not serve more than three years in prison, work release or home detention, according to court documents.

She is scheduled to be sentenced this month.

rgreen@jg.net

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