Man accused of stealing Ginger Rogers necklace in Oregon

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Posted: Jan 22, 2015 6:46 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — A man in southern Oregon is accused of stealing a ruby necklace that once belonged to actress Ginger Rogers.

The Jackson County sheriff's office says the necklace is worth $1,200 to $1,500, and the transient got about $424 when he pawned it in Medford.

Investigators told the Medford Mail Tribune (http://bit.ly/1E6uc25 ) that a resident who bought the piece at an auction hired 57-year-old Paul Michael Pedder as a laborer and noticed the necklace missing last week.

Court documents say Pedder admitted selling the necklace.

Rogers died in 1995. She had a long history in southern Oregon. She bought a retreat on the Rogue River in 1940, and a Medford theater is named for her.

Pedder hasn't entered a plea. He has asked for a public defender and remained jailed Thursday.

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Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/