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Store clerk charged in jewelry thefts

A Conyers man has been charged with stealing thousands of dollars in jewelry from his employer and pawning the items in Clayton County.

Thomas Cecil Dean III, 41, is charged with four counts of theft by deception. He is being held on $24,000 bond in the Clayton County Jail.

Warrants allege Dean stole diamond jewelry and expensive watches when he worked at Bloomingdale's in Atlanta. Among the stolen items were a $6,000 18K white gold diamond pendant Dean allegedly pawned for $2,000; a $5,000 five-stone diamond ring and seven stone ring valued at $4,400 pawned for $600, and nearly $8,000 in wedding rings and Tag Hauser watches pawned for $2,150.

Dean made his first appearance in Clayton Magistrate Court Wednesday afternoon. Unless he is released on bond, Dean's next court hearing will be Sept. 8.

-- Kathy Jefcoats