Police: James City County woman charged after stealing more than $15,000 in jewelry from Williamsburg Landing home

Staff writer

After tens of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry went missing from homes in Williamsburg Landing, the James City County Police Department has charged a woman for the theft of the jewelry

Amber Nicole Boyce, 31 of James City County, was charged with three counts of grand larceny, eight counts of larceny with intent to resell, and six counts of obtaining money by false pretenses. All the charges are felonies.

On Jan. 17, a victim called police to report jewelry had gone missing from her home in the 5800 block of Williamsburg Landing Drive, according to James City County Police Department spokeswoman Stephanie Williams.

The victim had several people in her home for health care and other services, Williams said.

James City police investigators discovered a home health care worker, Boyce, who had been in the home had pawned a large amount of jewelry between Jan. 2 and Jan. 14. The jewelry matched the descriptions of the jewelry missing from the victim’s home, according to Williams.

Boyce received over $5,000 when she sold the jewelry, Williams said.

Some of that jewelry was returned to the victim, however, a platinum, diamond and emerald engagement ring, as well as a diamond and emerald guard ring, remain unaccounted for, according to Williams. The pair of rings alone are valued at more than $10,000.

On Feb. 25, investigators charged Boyce with the theft of the jewelry, according to filings in Williamsburg-James City County General District Court.

On Feb. 26, Boyce turned herself in at Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail on and has since been released, according to jail records.

If convicted to the maximum extent of the law, Boyce faces as much as 200 years behind bars and $600,000 in fines, according to Virginia Code.

Roberts can be reached at 757-604-1329, by email at srobertsjr@vagazette.com and on Twitter @SPRobertsJr.

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