A Jupiter woman has been arrested on charges of grand theft of items worth between $20,000 and $100,000 as well as false verification of ownership after she stole jewelry from her parents, according to a Jupiter Police Department report.
About 10 days after Jennifer Spigel Hester, 33, left her parents house in the middle of the night, Bonnie and Jeffrey Spigel, her parents, notified police of missing jewelry worth approximately $32,000.
The report states that on Tuesday, Dec. 16, police arrested Hester at her parents’ house. She is currently being held in the Palm Beach County jail in lieu of $15,000 bail.
According to the report, Bonnie Spigel advised an officer that her daughter is “heavily involved in heroin use” and believes she stole the jewelry to “satisfy her drug habit.”
After police say Hester stole the items, she pawned them off three different times at La Familia Pawn and Jewelry in West Palm Beach. According to the report, those transactions happened on Nov. 22, Nov. 24 and Nov. 28.
The report says that Bonnie and Jeffrey Spigel had been suspicious of their daughter because she had gone off for days and weeks at a time with her boyfriend and then return home describing she “wanted to make a change” in her life.
The Spigels, according to the report, said their daughter had done this most recently on Nov. 15. The Spigels noticed the jewelry missing around Nov. 26.
Bonnie and Jeffrey Spigel wish to prosecute her fully for the theft of the items, according to the report.
On Dec. 1, according to the report, an officer placed a hold on the items that the pawn shop still possessed. The next day, Bonnie and Jeffrey Spigel met with an officer and pawn shop representatives. According to the report, Bonnie Spigel identified one of the items — a gold pendant with a green stone inside — as hers.
According to the report, Hester called her parents on Dec. 15 in an effort to work things out. When she was back in the house, police arrived and arrested her.
The report says Hester confessed to stealing items from her family between Nov. 1 and Nov. 15, including the gold pendant with the green stone.
Later during that confession, according to the report, Hester said her boyfriend, Robert A. Beisheim, pawned a ring that likely belongs to her mother and also did pawn a watch belonging to her father.