Attorney of man accused of stealing nearly $67,000 in diamonds asks for charges to be dismissed


EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – The attorney of a man accused of stealing nearly $67,000 worth of diamonds is asking for those charges to be dismissed.

Aaron Haire was arrested last week after police say he stole thousands of dollars in diamonds from Kruckemeyer and Cohn in Evansville.

Haire’s attorney says charges should state elements of a crime, tell the defendant the nature of the charge to prepare for a defense, and allow the defendant the judgment to avoid future prosecution. The attorney says it would protect Haire from a double jeopardy, which is when a person is tried again on the same charges following an acquittal or conviction.

In September, Indiana State Police began an investigation into missing diamonds from Kruckemeyer and Cohn Jewelry in Evansville.

ISP searched Haire’s home. They say Haire was a former employee at Kruckemeyer and Cohn.

Haire is accused of selling more than 30 diamonds from Kruckemeyer & Cohn to an out of state online diamond auction company during 2018 and 2019 without their knowledge.

ISP says an online company said the total amount of diamonds auctioned was approximately $37,500.

Haire also allegedly used the company’s account without permission to purchase several computers and other electronic devices for his personal use.

A hearing for a motion to dismiss has been scheduled for December 2, 2019.

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This story was originally published on November 20, 2019)

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