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Two charged in Elgin jewelry store theft

Jacob Pierce | Submitted

Jacob Pierce | Submitted

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Updated: September 3, 2013 7:39AM

ELGIN — Police reported Thursday that they had arrested two people on burglary charges in connection with the theft last week of more than $4,000 worth of rings from a jewelry store.

According to reports, workers at The Golden Chain, 701 N. State St., contacted police Saturday to report that eight to 10 rings collectively valued at $4,640 had been taken from the store.

Workers reviewed security tapes and saw that while one man distracted staff, another used an object later identified as a pen to pry open glass cases and take the items, according to police.

Reports stated that Jacob Pierce, 28, of Elgin, sold one of the rings on July 25 at another Elgin jewelry store. Golden Chain staff identified the ring as belonging to their store and identified Pierce in a photo lineup as one of the men who had been in the store when the theft occurred, police reported.

Pierce and Ralph Potokar, 26, of Algonquin, were arrested on outstanding warrants Wednesday. According to reports, while in custody, Pierce and Potokar implicated themselves in the thefts, with Pierce claiming he has a $150-a-day heroin habit.

Pierce also is facing felony theft charges related to stealing and then pawning two cameras collectively valued at $330 from the Streamwood Target store on July 22.

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