KENNEWICK - A Kennewick housekeeper was arrested Friday after trying to pawn a valuable ring from her 96-year-old employer, police said.
Kimberly Christine Summers, 18, was booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of first-degree theft and first-degree trafficking of stolen property, said Kennewick police Detective Ryan Kelly.
Officers began investigating the case Monday after a Kennewick pawn shop owner reported Summers was trying to pawn a ring for $400 that he felt was worth about $10,000, police said.
Summers went to both Ace Jewelry and Loan and Ed and Moe's Pawn shop trying to sell the expensive ring, Kelly said.
Police were called after Summers gave conflicting stories about how she obtained the ring. The owner of the first pawn shop also alerted the owner of the second pawn shop after he watched Summers go inside the nearby store.
Summers reportedly told officers she found the ring in some old costume jewelry that she had as a child, police said.
Detectives took over the case and during the weeklong investigation they were able to identify Hazel Hamm, 96, as the owner of the ring, Kelly said.
Summers has been working as Hamm's housekeeper.
Hamm and her family did not know the ring Summers tried to pawn and a second ring were missing, Kelly said.