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Town of Eagle man sought in jewelry heist

Act of kindness returned by stealing woman's jewelry

Aug. 9, 2011

Waukesha - A Town of Eagle woman's kindness to let an unemployed friend, named Kind, stay at her house was returned by the friend allegedly stealing her cash and jewelry.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Steven R. Kind, 43, formerly of Waukesha, who was charged Aug. 3 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with one felony count of theft for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars in jewelry from Elizabeth Kemp, W352 S7299 Highway 59.

According to the criminal complaint, Kemp informed a Waukesha County Sheriff's Department Deputy June 13 that Kemp had been staying in her basement as he had recently lost his job and "was going through some hard times."

Kemp told police she believed "Kind was using drugs and that he was displaying erratic behavior in the last couple of weeks," the complaint said.

On June 12, Kemp received a phone call from Kind's "on-again/off-again" girlfriend, Karla Knoll, who informed Kemp that Kind had admitted to her that he allegedly stole Kemp's jewelry and sold it at a pawnshop in Brookfield, the complaint said.

Kemp checked her jewelry boxes and found two necklaces, a bracelet, and two wedding rings were stolen and that money had been stolen from her purse, the complaint said. The following day she went to the Brookfield store and identified her jewelry and then reported the matter to police, the complaint said.

A deputy questioned Knoll, who said Kind called her and admitted to taking a necklace and Knoll recalled saying in response, "How could you do that to someone who is trying to help you?" the complaint said.

Knoll said Kind replied, "I gotta do what I gotta do," the complaint said.

Knoll also told police that Kind informed her that he had been kicked out of Kemp's house, the complaint said.

Police checked the pawnshop's records and found that a gold necklace brought into the store April 26 was sold to Kind for $44 and that the necklace had been melted down. Kemp said it was valued at $900. Several other items belonging to Kemp were recovered at the store.

Police learned a wedding ring, valued at $1,400 had been sold at a pawnshop in Waukesha. The ring had been melted down and the diamonds in it were resold, the complaint said.

Other items, including earrings, an Italian bracelet, and her father's wedding band, have not been recovered.

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