Key West man charged with stealing, pawning jewelry

A Key West man is in jail charged with stealing three gold rings from his employer and pawning them at a Big Pine pawn shop.

The victim called the Sheriff’s Office August 1 and said the rings were missing from his house. He told Deputy Martin Harbin he kept them in a desk drawer. He said one of his employees, 28 year old Kenny Hoage, stayed with him for a while and he believed he may have taken them.

Detective Diane Mimosa was assigned to investigate. She began checking local pawn shops and found that Hoage had, indeed, pawned the rings at a Big Pine Key pawn shop. He told the pawn shop owner they belonged to his uncle who had recently passed away.

A warrant was obtained for Hoage and on Tuesday, he was charged with fraudulently pawning the jewelry and with grand theft. He is currently in the Monroe County jail.

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