January 21, 2005
Most of the jewelry held by a Gilbert landlady when a jewelry store owner defaulted on his lease has been returned to its rightful owners, the woman said Thursday.
But about 50 pieces remain, Angela Wilson-Goodman said, and if they’re not claimed today, they’ll be auctioned.
The baubles are some of those that spent the holidays locked inside the office of Wilson-Goodman, who is an attorney, after they were confiscated from Jewelry Express, 538 S. Gilbert Road. Wilson-Goodman said last month that the store owner, Dino Melrose, was evicted in October.
After a state-mandated 60-day waiting period, Wilson-Goodman and her staff began sorting jewelry and calling their owners, she said. Many people have stopped by her office, Suite 101 at the same address as the store, to claim their valuables. But there’s a lot left, she said.
Gilbert police Lt. Joe Ruet said Melrose did pawn 65 pieces of his own jewelry, but told police he did not pawn any belonging to other people. Ruet said police recovered the pawned jewelry and verified that it was Melrose’s.
Melrose brought jewelry in to police so they could be returned to customers, Ruet said. Ruet said customers concerned about jewelry from the store should call detective Todd Helland at (480) 503-6500.