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Look Closely: Is This Your Stolen Jewelry?

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Jewelry thought to be stolen and sold at Upstate Coin and Bullion in Greer Jewelry thought to be stolen and sold at Upstate Coin and Bullion in Greer
Gregory Dean Conard Gregory Dean Conard
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -

Class rings and other jewelry dating back decades have turned up in an Upstate coin shop, and investigators need help identifying the owners.

Spartanburg County investigators say they came across the jewelry earlier this month while investigating a burglary suspect named Gregory Dean Conard.

Detectives say Conrad has a history of property crimes, and they think he stole and then sold the jewelry to Upstate Coin & Bullion in Greer on May 3.

Travis Johnson, the shop's manager, says he paid Conard about $1,500 for the jewelry, but he says the jewelry had been defaced in an effort to remove identifying marks, such as initials.

Johnson says Conard explained he had bought the jewelry from a flea market and wanted to make sure he couldn't be tied to the jewelry if it ended up being stolen. Investigators say they don't buy Conard's story.

After Johnson bought the jewelry, he made a copy of Conard's driver's license, and he logged descriptions of the jewelry into an online database known as Leads Online, a program widely used by pawn shops and law enforcement to track potentially stolen items.

Investigators say while investigating Conard for a separate burglary in April, they ran his name through Leads Online and found he had sold some stuff to the coin shop. To prove the jewelry is stolen, investigators say they need the owners to come forward, and that's why they're asking for the public to take a look at the jewelry.

Images are above, and here's a listing of some of the items sold in Greer:

1. Two separate 1951 Fairforest High School class rings, initials and stones removed. Fairforest High School closed in the early 1960s.

2. One 1978 women's Boiling Springs High School class ring, initials and stone removed.

3. One Startex Mill pin recognizing someone's 20-25 years of service.

4. One men's "Clemson A&M" ring, with the year removed, though it has to be from 1964 or before, since the final A&M ring was produced in 1964, before the institution began calling itself Clemson University. 

If you have any information about the theft of these jewelry items or believe these items may be yours you're asked to contact the SCSO Property Crimes Intelligence Deputy a (864) 503-4605.

Conrad is being held in the Spartanburg County Detention Center on a burglary and petit larceny charge in connection to a separate case. 
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