Two plead not guilty to selling stolen jewelry

Published 5:00 pm Saturday, August 13, 2011

Two Austin residents who allegedly pawned more than $3,000 of stolen jewelry pleaded not guilty in Mower County District Court Thursday morning.


Marissa Marie Tuttle, 22, and Dustin Richard Leidall, 30, were both at the court hearing but are no longer in custody. Tuttle faces five charges of second-degree burglary, two charges of theft and one charge of fifth-degree drug possession. Leidall has been charged with four counts being an accessory to second-degree burglary and one count theft.

According to a court complaint, an Austin police detective was investigating a string of recent jewelry thefts at The Cedars in Austin when he discovered Tuttle, a CNA who works at The Cedars, was working the shifts during the hours of the thefts.

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When officers entered Tuttle’s name into the Automated Pawn System, they found she sold two rings at Pawn America in Rochester in June. Her boyfriend, Leidall, sold 42 pieces of jewelry, totaling more than $3,600, between June and July.


Police spoke with a Pawn America employee who remembered Leidall saying his girlfriend got the jewelry at a nursing home lost and found. Another employee remembered him saying he had “gotten lucky” when he purchased an abandoned storage unit.

Leidall told police he and Tuttle had been pawning jewelry Tuttle had gotten from a “free table” at work.

Tuttle was allegedly carrying five Oxycodone pills and seven Hydrocodone pills at the time of her arrest. More than 100 pieces of jewelry were seized from her vehicle, according to a court complaint.

Court documents also indicate Tuttle initially denied stealing medication from her patients, but later said she took pills from someone’s room when she couldn’t find any jewelry.

Tuttle admitted to telling Leidall she found the jewelry on a free table. He said he was suspicious but didn’t question her because of money troubles, according to a court complaint.

Police had the jewelry appraised at Bendixen Jewelers, where the worth of all the pieces was determined to be at least $6,000. The jewelry was taken from at least five victims, according to a court complaint.

Leidall’s jury trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 24; Tuttle’s is scheduled for Nov. 7.