Jewelry Thief Found Guilty

A man who had been accused of stealing and then pawning off a widow’s jewelry, was found guilty Tuesday in Jefferson County Court. James Bishop was charged with burglary and safecracking in connection with the crime that took place in November 2016 in Wintersville. Prosecutors argued that Bishop stole about $18,000 worth of jewelry while working at the woman’s Wintersville home, by cracking open a lockbox in the victim’s bedroom, and then pawning the stolen items at shops in East Liverpool and Toledo. Bishop’s former employer told jurors that had an air compressor come up missing during the month or so that Bishop worked for him too. Jurors found Bishop guilty on all charges. He will be back in court on Friday to learn his fate, when he is sentenced.