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Duluth woman pleads not guilty to jewelry theft charge

A Duluth woman has pleaded not guilty to charges that she stole up to $800,000 worth of goods from Security Jewelers, the downtown jewelry store where she worked.

A Duluth woman has pleaded not guilty to charges that she stole up to $800,000 worth of goods from Security Jewelers, the downtown jewelry store where she worked.

Ashley Marie Wiskow, 29, entered the plea Wednesday in State District Court in Duluth. Wiskow waived her right to a contested omnibus hearing, in which she would be able to raise constitutional issues.

Duluth defense attorney Chris Stocke told Judge Heather Sweetland that he did not intend to challenge a statement Wiskow made to police, in which she allegedly confessed to stealing merchandise.

The court scheduled a May 27 jury trial before Judge John DeSanto.

Wiskow was charged Nov. 15 with a single felony theft count. The criminal complaint alleges that Wiskow stole and pawned off jewelry from the store over a two-year period. The complaint places the total value of the merchandise at nearly $800,000, but store owner Jack Seiler told the News Tribune in November that he believes the amount to be closer to $100,000.

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Wiskow allegedly confessed to police that she began stealing to make ends meet, but eventually became "greedy and kept stealing."

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