Round Rock TX March 15 2019
A Hutto man is accused of stealing more than $37,000 in diamond jewelry when he worked for United Parcel Service in Round Rock last year, an arrest affidavit said.
Marcus Mitchell, 37, was charged with theft, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
A loss prevention employee for Helzburg Diamonds told Round Rock police in December that 121 pieces of jewelry worth $37,159.86 shipped through UPS to be delivered to a Helzburg store at Lakeline Mall never arrived, the affidavit said.
It said a UPS security officer told police that three packages sent by Helzberg that were supposed to be on a driver’s truck on Dec. 7 were missing. The security officer also said Mitchell was one of the employees responsible for loading the truck, according to the affidavit.
Mitchell did not show up for work Dec. 8 or any of the following days, the affidavit said. It said police discovered that Mitchell had pawned four pieces of the missing jewelry, including a bracelet and a braided gold necklace on Dec. 26 at Cash America Pawn at 11857 Research Blvd. in Austin. Mitchell also pawned two pieces of the stolen jewelry at Smart Pawn and Jewelry at 1350 E. Palm Valley in Round Rock, the affidavit said.
Mitchell was released from the Williamson County Jail on Saturday after posting bail set at $20,000.