Senior Citizen asked to pay for stolen jewelry

Three suspects in custody for robbery

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Three Suspects are in police custody tonight after they broke into a home, stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from a senior citizen.

Two days after police caught the suspects and located most of the items, the victim is struggling to come up with the money to purchase her stolen jewelry back.

82-year-old Marjorie Ann Mahan also isn't getting as much rest as before.

"I didn't sleep good for a couple of weeks. The first night was terrible," said Mahan.

She is concerned for her safety after three suspects broke into her home.

"They had been watching and probably knew I would go away on Tuesday and come back on Wednesday. I think and they are targeting all senior citizens, they know this is a senior citizen park," said Mahan.

The thieves walked away with Mahan's laptop filled with family pictures. They also took blank checks, credit cards and about five-thousand dollars worth of jewelry. Investigators managed to locate most of her items and did arrest three suspects. 

The stolen jewelry was found at a market on Bakersfield east side where owners didn't have much to say.

The jewelry store is asking Mahan to pay $655 for her stolen items.

"We went in and yes it was my jewelry. It was a necklace and a ring and earrings, diamond earrings but  they have taken off all the diamonds out of it already," said Mahan.

The jewelry store is holding Mahan's items for thirty days.  In the meantime, she has to place extra locks on her doors and windows. She also has a new set of security lights that are on 24/7.

"I just can't believe it," said Mahan.

"I just can't believe you have to buy your own jewelry back and i just don't think it's right."

Mahan was served with a subpoena to appear in court and testify against the suspect arrested for breaking into her home and stealing all her jewelry.

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