ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - As an Angelina County Sheriff's Office deputy was investigating the theft of two rings valued at $7,500, the man who allegedly took them approached him and admitted taking the jewelry and pawning it.
John Ethan Bishop, 41, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a charge of theft between $1,500 and $20,000, which is a third degree felony. No bond has been set at this time.
According to the arrest affidavit issued by the Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Court, ACSO Deputy Michael Powell met with a woman at her residence in the 100 block of Cross Timbers on Oct. 2, who told him that someone had taken two gold rings with diamonds valued at approximately $7,500. While he was at the woman's house, he noticed that employees from a local air conditioner repair company were working at the residence.
"When Deputy Powell exited the residence, Jon Bishop approached him and stated he stole the rings and went and sold them to East Texas Pawn Shop," the affidavit stated.
Powell then went to the pawn shop and learned that Bishop did indeed sell the rings there. The ACSO deputy recovered the rings and returned them to the complainant.
When ACSO Investigator Chris Wade spoke with Bishop, the man again confirmed that he had taken the rings from the residence on Cross Timbers and that he had pawned them, the affidavit stated.