Charges: Serial jewelry thief boosted $23,000 in gold necklaces

TACOMA, Wash. -- A serial jewelry thief was arrested Monday after stealing approximately $23,000 worth of gold necklaces from jewelry stores in King and Pierce counties, according to charges filed in Pierce County Superior Court.

According to the charging documents, 22-year-old Jennifer Hagdahl stole a dozen necklaces between May 30 to June 16 by pretending to look at the jewelry before running off with it.

She has been charged with theft in connection with crimes at a Helzberg Diamond and Ben Bridge in the Tacoma Mall, Diamond Innovations in Federal Way, and Fred Meyer Jewelers in Kent and Federal Way.

Hagdahl is also charged with trafficking in stolen property after pawning the necklaces, according to the charging documents.

Hagdahl was arrested Monday after she was identified in surveillance images by her brother, who told police she was a heroin addict who had recently moved out of her mother's house in Federal Way.

According to the charging documents, Hagdahl had a stolen debit card on her at the time of her arrest and could face additional charges.