VCSO Arrests DeLand Woman Who Stole & Pawned Jewlery From Husband’s Store

By on November 3, 2017 in WNDB News

DeLand, FL – A 48-year-old woman from DeLand has been arrested after she continually stole and pawned jewelry from her husband’s business.

On October 13, a woman told deputies that the four pieces of jewelry (worth $750) she gave to Brinkoetter’s Jewelry, located at 468 South Spring Garden Ave., to fix were never given back. The woman said that the owner, Steven Brinkoetter, could not locate her jewelry that she dropped of on August 16. She claims that the shop would often be closed and that the owners would not return her calls and would often make up excuses when contacted.

On the same day, deputies went to DeLand Value Pawn and found several pieces of jewelry that matched the description in the victim’s report. A worker at the pawn shop said that Steven Brinkoetter’s wife, Nancy Brinkoetter, made a transaction there on September 6.

Deputies have found similar instances of missing items at Brinkoetter’s Jewelry. Most of the cases involved either of the Brinkoetters giving excuses as to why the customer’s jewelry could not be found.

  • On October 18, 4 pieces of jewelry (worth $3,700) dropped off at Brinkoetter’s Jewelry in June had not yet been returned. Deputies found the missing pieces at AA 91 Gun & Pawn and BJ Phelps Pawn.
  • On October 21, a necklace (worth $1,500) dropped off at Brinkoetter’s Jewelry on April 24 had not yet been returned.  The necklace has yet to be found.
  • On October 27, a bracelet (worth $2,500) dropped off at Brinkoetter’s Jewelry on July 6 had not yet been returned. The bracelet was later found at DeLand Value Pawn, pawned for $200 by Nancy Brinkoetter.
  • Also on October 27, a chain (worth $574) dropped off at Brinkoetter’s Jewelry in July had not yet been returned. A chain matching the description was found at Orange City Value Pawn and later picked up by Nancy Brinkoetter. It is not known where the chain currently is.
  • On November 1, a bracelet (worth $400) dropped off at Brinkoetter’s Jewelry in September had not yet been returned. Nancy said she pawned the bracelet at Value Pawn & Jewelry. The location of the bracelet is unknown at this time.
  • Also on November 1, a ring (worth $3,500) dropped off at Brinkoetter’s Jewelry in June had not yet been returned. The ring was found at Value Pawn & Jewelry and records show Nancy pawned it for $325.

On November 2, Nancy Brinkoetter was arrested and charged with 3 counts of dealing in stolen property and 7 counts of grand theft. Nancy admitted to pawning the jewelry to get money for her husband’s cancer treatment medication and that she wanted to return everything she took. Steven had said that he had no idea about the pawning until she told him around October 18.

(Brinkoetter mugshot courtesy of Volusia County Corrections)

Copyright Southern Stone Communications 2017.

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