A 19-year-old Marietta man may face charges including felonies for the theft and sale of U. S. Olympic medalist Maya Moore's ring. Moore is a Lawrenceville native and plays basketball for the Minnesota Lynx. She reported that a package containing the ring was stolen from her home in Cobb County in the fall of 2012. Police recently received a call from a jewelry store owner claiming that the ring had been sold to him.
According to the jeweler, the suspect visited his store and sold the ring, which he claimed to own, for $144. When the jeweler realized that the ring was an Olympic prize, he called Cobb County police and reported the event. Upon investigation, the police arrested the man who sold the ring, charging him with felony theft by receiving and misdemeanor theft by deception.
It is unclear at this point if the police suspect the man who sold the ring of the theft at Moore's home. The suspect is being held without bond due to probation violation. Authorities have not indicated if they will seek further charges or if they obtained information regarding the circumstances of the theft.
A criminal defense attorney examines the evidence available from the authorities to determine if a suspect has a valid defense to the charges he or she is facing. In a case such as this, a criminal defense lawyer may study the police reports to see if the suspect has been charged accurately. If so, the suspect may choose to present a defense at trial or to negotiate a plea agreement for lesser fines or prison sentences.
Source: Marietta Patch, "Marietta man charged with selling WNBA player Maya Moore's stolen Olympic ring," Jan. 10, 2013