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Tulsa jewelry store customers come forward after owner is arrested

Posted at 3:00 PM, Sep 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-20 18:32:49-04

TULSA, Okla. — The Tulsa Police Department revealed new details Monday in the arrest of a jewelry store owner accused of stealing from his customers.

Police say over several months they received multiple reports of stolen or missing jewelry after it was dropped off at Jewelry Liquidation near 61st Street and Sheridan. In each case, police say victims dropped off jewelry to be serviced or appraised and it was held onto by the store owner Paul Williams.

Several weeks went by and customers weren't able to get in contact with Williams about their jewelry.

Paul Williams
Paul Williams is charged after multiple people accused him of taking their jewelry in need of servicing at his store and pawning it off for money. Sept. 19, 2022.

The Tulsa Police Financial Crimes Unit found that the store abruptly closed and everything inside was gone. Detectives say Williams kept thousands of dollars of jewelry and pawned it off for financial gain without the consent of the customer who gave it to him.

Detectives said Williams would take some of that jewelry to Silver Dollar Jewelry and Pawn.

Police received 12 police reports from people saying Williams ripped them off.

Officers arrested him on Friday. He's charged with Embezzlement, False Declaration of Ownership and Obtaining Money/Property under False Pretenses.

Currently, the door to the business is locked and a "for rent" sign is posted on the front window.

Rosie Liscano, a former customer, said her then-boyfriend bought a ring from Williams's shop in 2020, valued at over $32,000. Given his charges, she said she's skeptical it's worth that much. She plans to get it appraised later in the week.

Anyone who thinks they might have been a victim of this crime is asked to call TPD's Financial Crimes Unit at 918-596-9209.

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