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Jewelry theft victims: Reunited, and it feels so good

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The victims of three robberies are finally able to reclaim their stolen jewelry months after it was taken.

Four victims of three robberies were originally asked to repurchase their jewelry from Hamilton Estate Jewelry in San Luis Obispo, the store where 21-year-old Jesse Cornelison unloaded dozens of pieces of stolen jewelry. Cornelison pleaded no contest to charges of accepting stolen property and was sentenced to two years in prison.

Storeowner Keith Hamilton had asked the victims to compensate him for what he gave Cornelison to purchase the jewelry.

Deputy District Attorney Matt Kraut had scheduled a Dec. 16 hearing to have the jewelry returned, but said he reached an agreement with Hamilton without having to go before a court. Hamilton agreed to return the jewelry and the Office of the District Attorney will ask Cornelison to pay Hamilton restitutions, Kraut said.

Though Kraut did not have an exact dollar amount for the restitution costs, one victim’s jewelry was sold for about $1,100.

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