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Jewelry thief faces up to five years in jail

Casey Wright's girlfriend had been giving him a hard time for never having any money, but the solution he found might not have done his relationship much good. It didn't help his standing with police much, either.

According to a complaint filed last week in the Dakota County Attorney's office, Wright, 28, of Lakeville, tried to address his money problems by stealing jewelry -- as much as $5,100 worth by one estimate -- from his girlfriend's mother. He has been charged with felony theft.

Rosemount police received the theft report on Jan. 6. The woman told police she'd first noticed missing jewelry in October of 2012 but thought she had simply misplaced the items. She discovered more jewelry missing on Jan. 5. She also found two sterling silver necklaces in her jewelry box that did not belong to her.

The woman told police she suspected Wright, who lived at her home along with her daughter, was responsible for the theft.

According to the complaint, police found evidence Wright had pawned several items of jewelry starting in November.

Contacted by police, Wright initially said he had received the jewelry from a friend. He said he sold them and got $20 from his friend. In a Jan. 10 text message to his girlfriend's mother, though, he apologized for the theft. "You let me in your house and I did what I did. I'm ashamed and so mad at myself," he wrote.

When the woman texted back to ask if he was sorry for hurting her daughter or for stealing, he allegedly replied, "Both."

The woman's daughter told police Wright had admitted stealing the jewelry because she had been on his back for not having a job or any money.

If convicted on the felony theft charge Write could face up to five years in jail and fines of up to $5,000.

Man charged with criminal sexual conduct

A 54-year-old Eden Prairie man has been charged with criminal sexual conduct following allegations made last year in Rosemount.

According to a statement of probable cause filed last week in the Dakota County Attorney's office, Pablo Rosario had a long-term inappropriate relationship with a young girl with whom he had a "significant relationship." According to the complaint, the girl was born in 1990 and the relationship took place between approximately 1995 and 2004. Rosario reportedly touched the girl inappropriately and made the girl hug her whenever she wanted to do something. During those hugs he reportedly pulled the girl's leg around his waist and would rotate his hips against her.

If convicted on a charge of fifth degree criminal sexual conduct Rosario could face up to a year in jail and fines of up to $3,000.