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Tulsa jewelry store owner charged with pawning his customers’ jewelry

TULSA, Okla. –The Tulsa Police Department revealed new details Monday in the arrest of a jewelry store owner accused of stealing from his customers.

Police said for several months they received multiple reports of stolen or missing jewelry after it was dropped off at Jewelry Liquidation near 61st Street and Sheridan. In each case, police said the victims left jewelry for repair or appraisal and was kept by store owner Paul Williams.

Several weeks have passed and customers have been unable to contact Williams about their jewelry.

The Tulsa Police Financial Crimes Unit discovered that the store had closed abruptly and everything inside was missing. Detectives say Williams kept thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and pawned it for financial gain without the consent of the client who gave it to her.

Police received 12 police reports from people saying Williams had scammed them.

Officers arrested him on Friday. He is charged with embezzlement, misrepresentation of ownership and obtaining money/property under false pretences.

Anyone who believes they have been a victim of this crime is asked to call the TPD Financial Crimes Unit at 918-596-9209.

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