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Teen suspected of stealing $10,000 in jewelry and cash from Dodson’s

Dodson’s Jewelers co-owners Debra Schultz and John Penn Fix III pose for a picture at the store in downtown Spokane on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. Kath (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Police are investigating a 15-year-old suspected of burglarizing Dodson’s Jewelry in December and stealing $10,000 worth jewelry along with cash and a couple of smartphones.

On February 13, police arrested the suspect and booked him into the Juvenile Detention Center for one count of theft and one count of burglary. Investigators filed search warrants on Monday to search his cellphone for evidence of the robbery.

In the middle of the afternoon on Thursday, Dec. 20, the teen allegedly stole two iPhones, $250 in cash and two pieces of jewelry, totaling $9,500, from co-owner Debra Schultz’s office in Dodson’s Jewelry while she was in the restroom, according to court documents.

Schultz confronted the teen when she saw him leave her office. He ran out of the store, and employees chased after him, according to court documents.

The jewelry was Shultz’s personal property and not part of Dodson’s inventory. The suspect took a gold bracelet and a gold ring with a topaz stone and three diamonds.

Police did not recover the stolen items, according to court documents.

Two other suspects acted as lookouts and will likely face the same charges, according to court documents.

The day after the burglary, the suspects posted photos and a video on Facebook under pseudonyms that allegedly shows them wearing the jewelry, court documents state.

“We had a couple kids get in the back of the store,” said co-owner Penn Fix, Schultz’s husband. “I know the police are working on it. I think they are doing a fantastic job.”

The teens were also arrested early this month on suspicion of vehicle prowling in Shadle Park.

Dodson’s, Spokane’s longest-running retail business, announced it was closing this month. Its last day open was February 16.