EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – An Evansville man has been charged with 27 counts of theft, accused of stealing tens of thousands in diamonds from a jewelry store.
In September, Indiana State Police said detectives began to investigate diamonds missing from Kruckemeyer & Cohn Jewelry in Evansville.
ISP said detectives searched the home of 27-year-old Aaron Haire on September 25. Haire was a former employee at Kruckemeyer & Cohn, according to ISP.
Detectives said during the search of the home they found a safe containing diamonds, diamond rings, diamond earrings, and bracelets. Those items belonged to Kruckemeyer & Cohn, valued around $29,300.
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.
According to ISP, 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 nearly two-month-long investigation ended in the arrest of an Evansville man.
“In September we received some information that some diamonds were missing from Kruckemeyer & Cohn and so we conducted a criminal investigation and we developed a suspect. We were able to collect enough information to be able to obtain a search warrant for the suspect’s residence,” Todd Ringle says.
27-year-old Aaron Haire is accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of inventory. But investigators didn’t find all the missing diamonds and jewelry.
“We were also able to determine that the suspect, in this case, took over 30 diamonds and auction them off on a website,” Ringle explains.
Police say between what was in his safe and what was sold, they were able to figure out the price tag of the stolen items.
“Nearly $67,000 worth of diamonds were taken from Kruckemeyer & Cohn without their knowledge,” Ringle says.
We knocked on Haire’s door to see if anyone in the home would comment on the situation. No one answered
Haire was arrested on Thursday at his home around 9:00 a.m.
He has since bonded out on a $1,000 cash bond.
Haire is facing 27 counts of felony theft.
(This story was originally published on November 15, 2019)