Wake Forest teen charged with theft of $53,000 in jewelry

From staff reportsJune 5, 2014 

— A teen was charged with felony larceny after investigators say he stole more than $50,000 worth of jewelry from an acquaintance.

Wake County sheriff’s deputies charged Avery Hayden Edwards, 18, of Wakefalls Drive with taking five watches and one pair of diamond stud earrings valued at $53,000, according to an arrest warrant filed Thursday at the Wake County Magistrate’s Office.

Deputies said the theft occurred May 23, and they obtained a warrant for Edwards’ arrest Tuesday, court records show.

In an effort to garner a lower bail, his attorney, David Venable of Raleigh, submitted a letter that indicated Edwards was not a flight risk and did not pose a danger to the community. Venable said Edwards had turned himself in to authorities, returned the missing items to the owner, was a life-long Wake County resident and was living with his parents before enrolling in college this fall.

Edwards, who played tight end at Ravenscroft, had signed to play football at UNC-Chapel Hill.

A magistrate set bail at $20,000 bail Thursday. Edwards remained in the Wake County jail Thursday afternoon, court records show.

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