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Police: Woman arrested again as cost of stolen jewelry rises to $650K

Ashley Gibson
Ashley Gibson

PASS CHRISTIAN -- A caregiver arrested last week in connection with stolen jewelry and fishing equipment has been arrested again as the property value of the items has increased to more than $660,000.

Ashley Renea Gibson, 28, was arrested on a second charge of grand larceny Tuesday as the investigation continued.

The value of the stolen property "has risen dramatically," Police Chief Tim Hendricks said.

Items initially reported stolen had a value of about $45,000.

More than 50 pieces of the jewelry is worth more than $650,000 and the value of stolen fishing rods and reels has risen to about $10,000, Hendricks said.

Police believe Gibson stole the items over a period of several months while she worked in several capacities for a woman who lives in the 500 block of Scenic Drive, he said.

Gibson turned herself in on the new charge Monday.

She was booked at the Harrison County jail on a $100,000 bond set by Justice Court Judge Diane Ladner. Gibson has been released on bond.

Investigators have recovered 16 pieces of jewelry with an estimated value in excess of $133,000, Hendricks said. Eleven pieces of fishing equipment recovered are worth about $7,800.

He said he is concerned that some of the stolen jewelry was given away or has been sold.

Many of the items have a lot of sentimental value to the owner, he said.

To give a tip, call Pass Christian police at 452-3301.

Or call Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898, text CSTIP plus a message to 274637 (CRIMES) or give a tip online at mscoastcrimestoppers.com.

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