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Ex-city employee charged with stealing antique silver plates

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METHUEN, Mass. (AP) – A former employee of a Massachusetts city is facing charges after authorities say she stole a set of city-owned antique silver plates and sold them to a pawn shop for far below their value.The Eagle-Tribune reports that Judith Hajjar was charged last week with larceny. The 58-year-old Hajjar, who worked in the Methuen city clerk’s office, filed for retirement when she was questioned about the missing plates.

The seven plates valued at $10,000 had been kept in a locked city hall vault and were reported missing Aug. 28.

Police say Hajjar told detectives she sold them to a pawn shop. The pawn shop paid $700 for the plates and sold them to a refinery to be melted down.

Hajjar has not returned calls seeking comment.

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Information from: Eagle Tribune (North Andover, Mass.), http://www.eagletribune.com

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