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Rochester teen accused of stealing jewelry his mom wouldn't buy for him
By Janice Gregorson
Rochester Post-Bulletin
Updated: 09/23/2009 01:39:20 PM CDT

A 17-year-old Rochester boy is accused of breaking into a jewelry store and stealing some $10,000 worth of jewelry and cash after his mother wouldn't buy what he wanted.

Erik Vargas is charged in Olmsted District Juvenile Court with one count of third-degree burglary and one count of receiving stolen property, both felonies.

He is accused of breaking into LaPoblana, a jewelry store at 1121 Civic Center Drive N.W., early on Sept. 14. The owner noticed the break-in when he arrived at 7:30 a.m. The glass front door had been smashed.

The owner told police that 14-karat gold jewelry was missing from a display cabinet and that money had been taken from cash bags. In all, he estimated the loss at $10,000.

According to the criminal complaint, the store owner told police that Vargas and his mother looked at jewelry in the display case on Sept. 13. The owner said Vargas was interested in a pair of nonprescription green contact lenses and a pair of stud earrings. The complaint said the teen begged his mother to buy them for him and she told him she was not buying him anything and that he should get a job and buy them himself.

The owner said the teen returned later the same day and looked at the same items but did not buy anything. The contact lenses and the earrings were among items stolen.

Police searched Vargas' residence on Sept. 17. The teen said he had been with his girlfriend in Okoboji, Iowa, the day of the burglary. She denied being with Vargas, the complaint said.
During the search, officers found five gold pendants, three gold rings, a gold bracelet and the pair of gold stud earrings. The owner identified the items as among those missing from his store.

According to the complaint, the teen said he bought the jewelry from a man, then later said he bought it for $20 from a woman in the Crossroads area.

Police said that Vargas bought items at his school on Sept. 14 with what appeared to be a large sum of money.

Vargas has pleaded not guilty. He has been released from custody on electronic monitoring and is subject to random testing. A trial is set for Nov. 24.

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