• Ex-employee charged in theft of jewelry from Ross-Simons

    CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) - Police in Rhode Island say a former employee at a jewelry store chain's headquarters has been charged with embezzlement for allegedly taking jewelry worth more than $200,000.

    Yanill Taveras, of Providence, was charged Monday by Cranston police.

    Online court records don't list an attorney who could comment on her behalf. A listed phone number for her couldn't be found.

    Ross-Simons Jewelers contacted police in January after finding jewelry in an office where it was not supposed to be stored, and discovering 121 pieces worth $222,000 were missing.

    Police say the 26-year-old Taveras, a former employee, recently pawned large amounts of jewelry.

    Police say detectives retrieved some of the jewelry and Ross-Simons' management identified it.

    Taveras was released on $4,500 surety bail. She's due back in court April 25.

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