PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – A woman accused of stealing a wedding ring from a 92-year-old woman at a Northeast Portland assisted-living facility was re-arrested in court Friday afternoon because of her extensive criminal history.
Theresa Reba Mozell, 46, allegedly ripped the ring off the woman's finger in the dining hall at the facility. Court documents said Mozell told the woman she wanted to clean her rings and began yanking on a ruby ring on the woman's finger.
When the woman told her to stop, Mozell allegedly grabbed the woman's wedding and engagement rings and began walking away. She told the woman she was going to get some water to clean the rings, but never came back.
The woman has been wearing the rings since the 1940s.
Mozell did not work at the assisted living facility.
Court documents also showed a staff member at the facility was able to confirm the woman's ring was at a pawn shop. Investigators determined the ring had been pawned for $100.
Mozell was arrested Thursday and, court documents showed, admitted taking the ring but said the woman gave it to her willingly. She also admitted pawning the ring and said she wrote a letter of apology to the woman.
She was able to get out of jail prior to her court appearance.
In court on Friday, she pleaded not guilty. But the judge said the probable cause in the case was shocking and ordered her re-arrested. She faces third-degree robbery, first-degree theft and second-degree theft charges and is scheduled to appear again in court Sept. 10.
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