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Former jewelry store manager accused of theft from employer

STILLWATER, Minn. -- A former Woodbury jewelry store manager made his first court appearance last week on allegations that he stole thousands in jewelry and cash from his employer.

Jeremy Jerome Manos, 36, of Burnsville, was charged late last year with one count of theft by swindle, a felony.

According to a criminal complaint, police were alerted to the allegations in October when officials at Kay Jewelers on Valley Creek Plaza reported that a manager had stolen cash and merchandise.

Police arrived to find Manos accompanied by the store’s district manager and a loss prevention manager. Manos admitted stealing an Aug. 14 cash deposit for $4,133, according to the complaint.

He also allegedly admitted stealing $41,902 worth of jewelry between 2012 and 2013.

The complaint states that Manos confessed to police that he stole at least 55 pieces of jewelry from the store. Some of the stolen merchandise was sold to friends, while other items were pawned, the complaint states.

The complaint outlines “a significant pawn history” for Manos that included 103 items being pawned between 2012 and 2013.

Manos made his initial appearance Thursday in Washington County District Court.