SUDDEN VALLEY - A Ferndale carpet worker who stole and pawned a customer's opulent ring has been sentenced to jail time and ordered to tell future customers that he needs extra supervision.
Kenny Ray William Littrell, 27, pleaded guilty last week to selling the jewelry - a 14-carat gold ring with one large emerald-cut diamond, worth $7,900 - at a Bellingham pawn shop on July 10, the same day it was taken from a Sudden Valley home. He got $445 cash for the ring, according to court records.
Littrell had been laying carpet at the victim's house on Winter Creek Place when two rings went missing. He later claimed he "must have lost" the second ring, a gold band with nine diamonds, worth $1,500, according to charging documents.
He was convicted of first-degree trafficking in stolen property and sentenced to three months in jail.
Superior Court Judge Chuck Snyder ruled that Littrell cannot work "inside an occupied residence, unless another employee is present and has (Littrell) within his or her line of sight at all times. (Littrell) will be in possession of a document showing this condition and shall show the document to the resident and his boss."
Snyder also ordered Littrell to repay about $2,000 to the victim and $8,500 to her insurance company.
Littrell has no felony history.
On Facebook, he lists his employer as Miguel Valdez Floor Cover.
Asked if Littrell was still employed there, Valdez replied, "I don't want to talk about it with you guys."
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