(9/10/13) A 17-year-old La Crosse girl is accused of stealing her mother's diamond necklace worth 51-thousand dollars, and selling it to a jewelry store for a mere 100-dollars.
Penelope Friends was charged yesterday in La Crosse County Circuit Court with an adult count of misdemeanor theft. She's due in court October fourth for a pre-trial proceeding. An adjourned initial appearance is set for November 26th. An employee at a La Crosse jewelry store first offered Friends 50-dollars for the four-point-six carat necklace, but she said no -- and she later had it appraised at a second store. An employee there called the F-B-I last Friday, suspecting it was stolen. An employee from the first store then reportedly approached Friends on a break, offering 100-dollars which she took. The La Crosse Tribune said it's against the store's policy to buy diamonds from customers -- and the clerk who bought the necklace told an F-B-I agent that he was really the "victim." He claimed he knew the jewelry was stolen, and was trying to get to the bottom of it. He did not say why he didn't call the police. According to authorities, Friends' mother thought the necklace went missing from when she moved to La Crosse in June from Chanhassen Minnesota.