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8:55am — Woman Accused of Stealing Mom’s Wedding Ring

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Carlsbad police say 21-year-old was identified as one of three who pawned ring.

Nichole Bryant, 21, of Carlsbad pleaded not guilty at her arraignment Tuesday to charges of residential burglary, larceny and tampering with evidence in connection with the theft of her mother's wedding ring back in March, the Carlsbad Current-Argus reported.

According to a criminal complaint, police were called to a Carlsbad pawn shop where they met with Philon Castillo, who said she discovered a day earlier that her wedding band was missing, the Current-Argus said.

Castillo told police she contacted the pawn shop, which confirmed that it had the ring, the paper reported.

When she took a photo of her daughter, a pawn shop employee identified Bryant as one of three young women who had been present when the ring was pawned, but that one of the other women who actually sold the ring, the Current-Argus said.

The employee identified 28-year-old Jennifer Johnson as the woman who sold the ring, according to the criminal complaint. Johnson was given $15 for the ring, which was valued at $838.93, the paper said.


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The third woman at the pawn shop has not been positively identified, the Current-Argus reported.

Bryant was arrested on Monday and was ordered held on a $10,000 bond. She will face a preliminary hearing at 11 a.m. June 24, the paper said.