A 24-year-old woman and a 19-year-old man were arrested by police Oct. 17 after allegedly stealing jewelry valued at $6,000 from a Palm Beach, Florida, gallery.
Megan O’Hara and David Ziskoski were charged with grand theft from the Attila JK exhibition at the ICFA Gallery, Sun Sentinel reported.
The gallery’s owner told police he left his jewelry, which included a bracelet and ring, at the front of the store at around 8.45 p.m., but when he returned shortly afterwards, the items were gone, Palm Beach Daily News reported.
He provided detailed descriptions of a man and a woman he had seen hanging around the local area and police detained them soon after at a local grocery store.
When questioned, O’Hara “was nervous and admitted the jewelry was in her purse,” according to Sergeant Jennifer Sandman, the Daily News reported.
“If I knew that they cost that much, I wouldn't have taken it,” O’Hara said later, according to the Sun Sentinel.
Police confirmed that the accused pair left O’Hara’s name in the gallery guestbook, alongside several fake email addresses such as [email protected]. There was also a drawing of male genitalia and a picture of a woman.
Two of the email addresses were accompanied by the name Meg, and one even had her phone number.
Ziskoski reportedly admitted to police that he and O’Hara put the entries in the guestbook, according to Sun Sentinel. Ziskoski also acknowledged he and O’Hara took the items.
O’Hara and Ziskoski were detained on $3,000 bond each. However, later Oct. 18 they were released from the palm Beach County jail.
A date for their appearance in court was not available.