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Tiffany & Co. Ex-Employee Arrested For Stealing Jewels

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In continuation of a heisty summer, a former employee of Tiffany & Co. was arrested yesterday for stealing more than a million dollars worth of jewels, according to WWD. Ingrid Lederhaas-Okun, who had worked for the high-end jewelry company until February of this year, reportedly sold more than 165 pieces of jewelry during the last four months of her employment as the vice president of product development (she was let go as part of an overall company downsizing). She now faces up to 30 years in prison.

According to a prosecuting attorney, the 46-year-old Connecticut resident stole "numerous diamond bracelets, platinum or gold diamond drop and hoop earrings, platinum diamond rings, and platinum and diamond pendants" worth about $1.3 million, which were then sold to a Manhattan jewelry reseller. The math checks out, literally—checks written by the reseller in that time period, some for as much as $47,400, add up to that enormous total. Lederhaas-Okun had previously given numerous excuses as to where the missing baubles went, but clearly none of those worked for her.—Laura Gurfein

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