Published: Mar 30, 2011 8:17 PM EDT
Updated: Mar 30, 2011 5:18 PM EDT

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff’s detectives arrested a jewelry store employee for stealing $20,748 in jewelry and pawning the stolen items.

Detectives arrested Karen Marie Fisher, 27, of Port Charlotte, on 13 felony charges in connection with stealing jewelry from her employer, The Watch Doctor, 3782 Tamiami Tr., Port Charlotte.

The investigation started Feb. 22 when the store owner reported several pieces of jewelry missing and suspected Fisher at that time but did not have proof. Detectives checked the pawn database and found Fisher had made several transactions since Dec. 1, 2010 at two Port Charlotte pawn shops. The jewelry at the pawn shops was identified by the owner of The Watch Doctor.

On Mar. 10, the owner reviewed store video and it showed Fisher cleaning the top of a showcase, reach in, take an item and putting it in her purse. On Mar. 15, detectives located more stolen jewelry at a North Port pawn shop. Items included diamond rings, gold rings, pendants, and bracelets.

Fisher was located and arrested Tuesday and transferred to the Charlotte County Jail. She is charged with five counts of Theft by and Employee, four counts of Dealing in Stolen Property, and four counts of Giving False Verification to a Pawnbroker.

She remains in jail on $42,500 bond.