Tulsa jewelry store owner arrested for stealing from customers


Source: Tulsa Police Department

Tulsa jewelry store owner arrested for stealing from customers

Over the course of several months, the Tulsa Police Department said it began receiving multiple reports of stolen and/or missing jewelry.

The jewelry would end up missing after it was dropped off at Jewelry Liquidation near 61st Street and Sheridan Road in Tulsa, police said.

In each case, the victims dropped off their jewelry for cleaning, repair or appraisal and the jewelry was retained by the store owner, Paul Williams.

Several weeks would go by without any follow up from the owner. Numerous victims reported they made several attempts to check the status of their jewelry, or get their jewelry back and were never able to contact Williams.

TPD’s Financial Crimes Unit learned that “Jewelry Liquidation” abruptly closed its doors for business, and everything in the jewelry store was gone.

Detectives later learned that Williams retained thousands of dollars of jewelry under the assumption that he was cleaning, repairing and appraising it, but actually pawned the jewelry off for financial gain without the consent of the original owner/customer.

The Tulsa Police Department received numerous reports, all reporting the exact same circumstances.

Several citizens created a Facebook group called “People ripped off by Paul Williams” and additional victims began coming forward. In total, the Financial Crimes Unit received 12 official police reports claiming they were also victims of Williams and “Jewelry Liquidation”.

Williams was arrested and is charged with embezzlement by an employee, false declaration of ownership and obtaining money/property under false pretenses.

This is an arrest, not a conviction. If you believe you’re a victim of this crime, please contact the Tulsa Police Financial Crimes Unit at 918-596-9209.

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