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Police: Elizabeth Sell faces charges for selling stolen heirloom necklace

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Dec 24 2013 06:48:42 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 12 2013 12:20:31 PM CST
BETHLEHEM TWP., Pa. -

A Lehigh County woman was arrested for selling a necklace stolen by a babysitter in August, officials said.

Elizabeth K. Sell sold the necklace to Cash for Gold on 1801 Union Boulevard, Allentown, on Aug. 31, the day after it was stolen by a juvenile, who was babysitting the daughter of a couple living in the 2800 block of Santee Road in Bethlehem Township, officials said.

The necklace -- taken by the babysitter from the young girl's neck --  consisted of an 18-karat gold chain and an oval ruby pendant with a yellow gold baby Jesus on it, officials said.

The 19-year-old Sell received $180 for the necklace, which the couple said was recently appraised at $600, officials noted.

The babysitter admitted to police on Sept. 4 that she stole the necklace and had given it to her friend --Sell-- to pawn, officials said, adding that Sell gave her $100 after the necklace was sold.

The babysitter helped locate the necklace for the couple, who were searching pawn shops for it, texting them on Sept. 19 that it was at Cash for Gold, officials said.

When police tried to contact Sell at her Coopersburg home later that day, her mother said Sell had checked into rehab, officials said.

On Oct. 8, the babysitter told police she had told Sell the necklace was stolen and that she watched Sell pawn the necklace after they drove to Cash for Gold together, officials said.

Sell was arraigned Tuesday on a charge of receiving stolen property and released on $5,000 unsecured bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 9:00 a.m. Jan. 23.