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Posted: 6:10 p.m. Friday, May 17, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
Shoppers at a Shelby consignment store call the owner "honest."
However, she has been accused of selling stolen items. Customers who came to A Perfect Find on Friday were stunned to hear about the investigation. When one woman knocked on the door of the store, an investigator came out to tell her owner Tiffini Hovis is facing several charges, including accepting stolen jewelry. Customer Donna Bowen said there must be a mistake. "This is a very honest woman," Bowen said. Cleveland County Sheriff's investigators said Hovis would speak openly in the store about accepting jewelry stolen from homes throughout the county. "She was admitting that people would come in and say this stuff was hot or stolen," said Capt. Joel Shores. Investigators say Hovis' actions encouraged more people to steal. They went undercover in the shop and say they got enough information to raid it today and arrest Hovis. They said they found jewelry taken from the home of a local police officer and counterfeit clothes. "I really don't think this would be an intentional thing that Tiffini would do," said customer Sherry Bailey. Investigators said they plan to use Hovis' security cameras against her. They will review the video to look for evidence of other crimes they believe she has committed.
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