Wakeman teen pawns mom's gold ring for $80 to buy cocaine

Cary Ashby • Jan 9, 2013 at 6:23 PM

A rural Wakeman teen admitted to a sheriff's deputy she pawned her mother's gold ring for some cocaine.

Jessica M. Muncy, 18, of 14504 Garfield Road, was arrested by the Erie County Sheriff's Office after a deputy interviewed her last week. She was charged with theft through Vermilion Municipal Court.

The victim, Muncy's 43-year-old mother, reported her yellow gold ring with nine diamonds was missing from the stand in the kitchen Thursday night. She confronted Muncy about stealing it after her son and his girlfriend denied taking the ring, according to Deputy Beth Beatty's report.

The victim received the ring one year ago for her 10th anniversary. It is worth about $1,035.

"I suspect it was missing when she confronted her daughter. It's not clear in the report," Chief Deputy Jared Oliver said.

Muncy, when confronted by her mother, "reportedly admitted that she had taken the ring and sold it for an eight-ball," the report states.

"(An) eight-ball usually refers to cocaine. ... That's approximately 3 1/2 grams," Oliver said.

Beatty, the responding deputy, interviewed Muncy after talking to her mother.

"Muncy readily admitted to taking the ring on New Year's Eve and selling it at a (Lorain) pawn shop for drug money," the deputy wrote. "Muncy told me she received $80 from the pawn shop and bought cocaine with the money."

While the suspect denied abusing drugs, she reportedly admitted to using marijuana, cocaine and heroin, Beatty wrote.

Muncy provided the deputy a one-line written statement in which she said: "I stole my mom's ring and sold it at a pawn shop." Beatty also said the mother reported finding a "to do list" in Muncy's bedroom, which included laundry and the word "ring."

"Although Muncy was cooperative, she exhibited an extremely poor attitude," the deputy wrote.

The woman was arrested, charged with theft and transported to the Erie County Jail without incident.

Muncy must post 10 percent of a $5,000 bond before being released from custody. She is prohibited from having any contact with her mother if she posts bail.

When asked if deputies ever investigated Muncy about drug-related issues, Oliver said this incident is "the first time I've read her name."

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