HOUSTON/KATY (Covering Katy News) – Harris County Precinct 5 deputies have arrested a man suspected of stealing a valuable wedding ring from a Green Trails home in West Harris County.
Nickolaus Trammel Jones, 29, is charged with felony theft. Investigators tracked Jones down and arrested him in North Houston today, Jan. 12, 2018.
Jones gained access to the victim’s home while working for the Stanley Steemer carpet cleaning company.
The homeowner “took her rings off to deal with Christmas cards,” according to court documents. She stored her wedding ring in a box on her bathroom counter. She continued working on Christmas cards while Jones was cleaning her carpets. She later discovered that it was missing. She called Precinct 5 Constable Ted Heap’s Office.
An investigator ran Jones’ name through several databases and found that he’d pawned a ring that matched the description of the one that was stolen.
“Through the diligent work of Precinct 5’s uniformed investigative division, the ring was discovered at a pawn shop where Jones had taken it shortly after the theft. The two-carat ring, valued at $22,000, had been pawned for just $80,” said a statement from Harris County Precinct 5 Constable Ted Heap’s office.
Investigators informed the victim that her ring had been recovered and taken into evidence. Once the ring is released by the courts, it will be returned to its owner.
“Please take precautions when allowing workers into your home,” the statement said.