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Realtor allegedly steals $15,000 of jewelry from home up for sale

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Angela Ortiz Angela Ortiz
PHOENIX -

A valley realtor is behind bars for stealing thousands of dollars' worth of jewelry from a home she was showing to potential buyers.

She then pawned that jewelry to pay for a diamond ring she had custom made for herself.

Police say Angela Ortiz has been pawning off a lot of things in the past few months. One of those things was a stolen Chanel ring, which had a serial number on it.

That's how police were able to track the ring, and Ortiz, down to a Scottsdale pawn shop. This is surveillance video of one of Angela Ortiz's many visits to the More Cash Pawn Shop -- the manager says there something was off about her.

"She was really indecisive she would look at tens of rings then say I don't know okay I think I'm going take this one, I don't know about that let me look at that, can I see that ring as well," said Alexandra Zaitseva, More Cash Pawn Shop manager.

"So you were afraid she was going to steal something from you?"

"We were," replied Zaitseva.

Police say she did steal three expensive rings from this home. Police interviewed her back in June, and she denied taking anything. Ortiz was a licensed realtor, and police say she used her status to steal so she could get her own jewelry.

"She came in, she had a very wild story about her ring being lost, that it was a really large diamond, that it was a really rare cut."

The managers say she traded in the stolen rings for a custom wedding band worth $1,500.

A serial number on one of the rings led police to the shop. Officers told the manager to call them when Ortiz came back, and she did.

"While she was here in the store she did tell me she was going to attend to her kids outside in the car. When the two policemen showed up, she did jump into the car and she did try to drive off with her kids in the car."

Police say when they caught up with Ortiz at her home, she tried to run again. They say she also gave them a fake name when she was arrested.

Investigators believe this was just one of many homes she stole from.

Phoenix police think there are more victims out there, so if you've had your house on the market and noticed something went missing after a showing, you might want to give them a call.

According to the Arizona Department of Real Estate, Ortiz was working for DPR Realty.

Ortiz was booked into jail for Theft, Trafficking in Stolen Property and Refusing to provide her true name to officers.

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