ZEPHYRHILLS — Before leaving for work at 8:40 a.m. on June 30, Sharon Hawley checked the wooden jewelry box in her bedroom closet.
Everything was in place: five bracelets, an ankle bracelet, two wedding bands, a diamond engagement ring, three more rings, five necklaces, diamond earrings, a cross charm, and a pendant — all gold.
She checked on them that day as she did every day, authorities said, because the 66-year-old woman did not trust her grandson, Stephen Tyler Anges.
Two months earlier, Hawley suspected Anges stole her bracelet. He said he didn't, but he knew where it was: at Don Hediger's Gold and Pawn store in Dade City. He took his grandmother there to retrieve it, authorities said.
Anges, 32 and unemployed, had lived with her at her one-story house on Greenwood Loop since May 5. Anges was at the house when she left for work on June 30.
He wasn't when she returned home at 6:30 p.m. the next day. She checked the jewelry box. It was empty. A $30 Sony radio was also missing.
She called her grandson about the missing jewelry, according to a report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, and he denied taking them. He said he would come home to talk, the report said, but he never showed up.
He didn't answer her calls after that, and on July 1 she called the authorities.
Deputy Steven Napoleon went to Hediger's pawn shop in Dade City and saw items that matched the description of those Hawley was missing. Napoleon had Hediger pull the tickets. The items had been pawned by Anges, the report said.
Reached by phone, Anges told deputies he stole his grandmother's jewelry, pawned some of it and gave other pieces to a friend as "drug money." The total value of the stolen jewelry was $3,745.
Deputies arrested Anges on Tuesday on a charge of grand theft, and six counts of dealing in stolen property and false verification of ownership.
They made note of the tattoo on his right arm. It says "Grandfather."
Isaac Arnsdorf can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 869-6232.