By Anna-Lysa Gayle
October 28, 2014
A father and stepdaughter hired to do work in a local home are now charged with a crime.
Police say jewelry was stolen from a Hardin County home by a Radcliff man and his step-daughter.
John Minter Junior, a Vietnam veteran, says a total of eight rings were stolen from his bedroom.
Minter says Sunday morning when he woke up, eight of his rings were missing from his jewelry box.
Police say 44-year-old Eric Kelley and 23-year-old Ashley Blanford stole the rings Friday.
They were supposed to be repairing tiles at the rental property on Rineyville Big Springs Road.
Minter says while he was being distracted by Blanford, Kelley came outside the bathroom and went into the bedroom then to the jewelry box, where he stole the rings.
"She was out there talking to me." Keeping her eyes on me," said Minter.
"If I had caught them in my bedroom, somebody would've got beat up," he said.
The suspects may have thought the rings were worth plenty of money, but to him they are priceless.
Some symbolized his fraternity and some were passed down from his family.
"A lot of them are sentimental value. Two of them are my masonic rings one of them is my wedding band," said Minter.
"One my grandkids bought me for Christmas and anything my wife and my grandkids buy for me. I try to hold on to it," he said.
Five of his eight rings were discovered at De Prez's Quality Jewelry and Loans in Louisville.
Jewelry manager Jason Paulley says the rings were found through a computer system used by the pawn shop.
"Called leads online that the police can access and that's how they find a lot of the stolen items," said Paulley.
Minter says he wants Kelley and Blanford to pay the price in court.
He's also hoping no one hires them again.
"I wouldn't recommend them to a dog," said Minter.
"You just got to be careful when you let people in your home, especially maids or anybody doing any work. Unfortunately, people can be dishonest," said Paulley.
The jewelry store says it will return the rings to Minter at no cost, once they are picked up by Kentucky State Police.
The owner will try to make up for the money lost, when the suspects appear in court.