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Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department investigating jewelry theft

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The Berkeley County, W.Va., Sheriff’s Department is investigating the theft of jewelry valued at about $85,000 from a residence on Duckwoods Lane in Martinsburg.

The victim reported Thursday that the jewelry has been stolen while she and her daughter were out during the day. Her daughter’s fiance was watching the house, according to a report from the department.

Deputies said the fiance identified himself as Cooper Ross. When they grew suspicious of him and got a fingerprint scanner, he told them he lied about his identity and his real name was Igor Rosensteel. He told the deputies that he had left the residence for about 45 minutes. Deputies later determined the 33-year-old Baltimore man had sold the jewelry at a local pawn shop. They recovered the money and said in the report that they hoped to recover the jewelry Friday.

Deputies also determined that Rosensteel is on federal probation stemming from a 2018 conviction  of impersonating a Secret Service agent in a credit card fraud and identity theft scheme.

The investigation is ongoing.

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