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Thorpe woman facing charges

Published January 23. 2013 05:04PM

A Jim Thorpe woman is facing charges for an incident in Nesquehoning.

Borough police have charged Kensely Marie Shanfelt, 19, of 509 South St., with one count each of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.

On Jan. 14, Patrolman Dane O'Brien was contacted by Jane Adams concerning the theft of jewelry from her home. Taken was a gold diamond ring, a gold 1947 Nesquehoning High School class ring, and a diamond ring, all with a total value of $3,000. The rings were taken from a bedroom in the home.

Adams advised police that she had hired Shanfelt to assist her in cleaning her home. She said on Jan. 13 Shanfelt was at the home and abruptly left that evening.

O'Brien checked on a website, Northeast Precious Metals, and learned that Shanfelt had pawned jewelry matching that taken from Adams, at a pawn shop in Lehighton.

Adams and the officer went to the pawn shop and the victim confirmed the missing jewelry was pawned by Shanfelt. Adams was able to recover one of the three missing rings. However, the other two were already purchased by a gold refining company.

Shanfelt is also charged in connection with another incident in Nesquehoning.

On Dec. 24, 2012, Patrolman Timothy Wuttke received a complaint from Tonimarie Macluso concerning the theft and use of a credit card. She told the officer she believed the card was stolen from her restaurant in the borough.

Macluso also told the officer she suspected an employee at the restaurant with taking the card. The card was used for a gas purchase at Top Star station. It was also used twice in attempts to make purchases online at for $5,575.

Through the course of the investigation police spoke with Michael Heffelfinger, identified as the boyfriend of Shanfelt. He told police he and Shanfelt had picked up a car for the restaurant and stopped for gas at Top Star. He said Shanfelt used a credit card to pay for the gas but he had no knowledge of the card or where Shanfelt got it.

Shanfelt was interviewed and denied using the credit card for an online purchase attempts.

Shanfelt was charged with two counts of access device fraud, and one of identity theft.

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