Federal Way woman charged with stealing, trafficking gold jewelry

An alleged heroin addict was recently arrested and charged with stealing $22,900 worth of jewelry from Federal Way, Tacoma and Kent jewelry stores.

Jennifer Lynn Hagdahl, 22, was charged with five counts of first-degree trafficking in stolen property and one count of first-degree theft and four counts of second-degree theft on Tuesday.

Tacoma police claim Hagdahl stole three gold chain necklaces valued at $3,500 from Helzberg Diamond in the Tacoma Mall on May 30, three gold chains valued at $8,500 from Diamond Innovations in Federal Way on June 2, two gold chains worth $3,900 from the Federal Way Fred Meyers jewelry store on June 8, two gold chains valued at $3,400 from the Kent Fred Meyer jewelry store on June 11 and two gold chains worth $3,600 from Ben Bridge in the Tacoma Mall on June 16.

The Tacoma Police officer investigating the thefts was able to identify Hagdahl and the same vehicle she used to flee in video surveillance obtained from each store.

One witness was able to identify her accomplice who drove the vehicle. A detective later contacted Hagdahl’s brother, who stated he believed she was a heroin addict and had recently moved out of her mother’s house in Federal Way.

Detectives discovered Hagdahl also pawned the jewelry at three different Federal Way pawn shops - Jewelry Palace, Don’s Estate Jewelry and Cash 4 Gold - between May 31 and June 16.

Federal Way police arrested Hagdahl on June 23 and handed her over to Tacoma police shortly after. When police searched her, they also found a debit card belonging to someone who lost their debit card a few weeks earlier.

“She did not know the defendant and did not give her permission to be in possession of her card,” the documents state, noting an additional charge related to the debit card could be filed at a later date.

Hagdahl is being held in Pierce County jail on $20,000 bail.




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