Janesville woman accused of diamond thefts from Kohl's

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Frank Schultz
Tuesday, August 12, 2014

JANESVILLE—A Janesville woman is accused of helping steal tens of thousands of dollars in diamonds from Kohl's Department Stores in Janesville, Madison and Monona.

Lindsay L. Kopas, 28, of 222 N. Franklin St., No. 104, is charged in Rock County Court with party to the crime of felony retail theft.

Authorities in Rock and Dane counties are pursuing a case against Kopas as well as a man identified in a criminal complaint only as Phillip Conaway, according to Rock County District Attorney David O'Leary.

Kopas and Conaway entered the Kohl's store at the Janesville Mall on May 18 and asked to look at 1.5-carat diamond stud earrings mounded in 10-carat white gold, priced at $5,000, according to the criminal complaint.

The couple left five minutes later, but told the clerk they would return to buy the earrings, the complaint states.

The diamonds in the earrings had been certified as real when the store received them, but the ones left by the couple were fake, according to the complaint.

The Kohl's loss-prevention officer told Janesville police on May 25 that a couple had been going to stores in the Madison area and stealing diamond jewelry valued at tens of thousands of dollars, the complaint states.

The May 25 tip led the Janesville store to check its diamond jewelry and discover the diamonds in the earrings were fakes.

Similar incidents occurred at the Kohl's stores in West Towne and East Towne malls in Madison and the South Towne Mall in Monona, the complaint states.

Police also learned that Conaway sold two sets of diamond earrings that came from the Monona store for $770, according to the complaint.

In a separate case, Kopas is charged with two counts of party to the crime of felony retail theft in connection with the thefts of two desktop computers from the Janesville Walmart Supercenter on April 18 and April 22.

Conaway was with Kopas during those thefts as well, according to the criminal complaint.

A preliminary hearing in Kopas' cases is set for Wednesday, Aug. 20 in Rock County Court.

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