Pawning $15,000 rings for $1,500 leads to stolen-property charge

From staff reportsJune 27, 2013 

— A man was charged Wednesday with having stolen property when, police said, he pawned two gold and diamond rings worth $15,000 for $1,500.

An arrest warrant stated that in January, Thaxton Lavon Surles, 31, went to a Picasso Pawn store and got $1,575 for a 14-carat wedding ring and an 18-carat engagement ring, both with white gold and diamonds.

The rings had been stolen, police said.

They also charged Surles with obtaining property by false pretenses for saying he had the right to sell the rings.

Because of two other charges of missing court dates on other charges and bond being revoked, Surles was being held Thursday in lieu of $42,000 bail.

When the warrant was issued, police had Surles’ address as 309 Bragg St., but their arrest report stated he lives at 1008 Meadow Green Drive now

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