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Jeweler Accused of Stealing Precious Metal from Dublin Employer
COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- A man who was robbed after winning big at Hollywood Casino now faces charges related to the theft of scrap metal from a central Ohio jeweler.
David Hayes was indicted for theft Tuesday after allegedly stealing precious metal from his Dublin employer, The Diamond Cellar, over a three-month period in 2012, and selling the goods to gold buyers at Polaris Fashion Place for $107,000.
Those transactions caught the attention of Columbus police, according to Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien.
"[Detectives] will get reports, or peruse reports online, to see if there appears to be a large number of transactions, or large dollar amount, that raises suspicion, and they'll do some further investigating," O'Brien said.
Hayes purchased $99,000 in chips from Hollywood Casino, according to O'Brien, and was robbed of $35,000 in winnings in October, 2012.
Two men, Ronald Jones and Ryan Bundy, were convicted of that robbery, and were sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Hayes, who repaired and sized rings at The Diamond Cellar, faces up to 18 months behind bars if convicted.