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Published on Thursday February 3, 2011 - 12:32 PM
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A Happy Valley woman was excited to have an interior-remodeling project completed at her residence between Dec. 26, 2010 and Jan. 8, 2011. Unfortunately, this homeowner's excitement quickly vanished when she discovered the theft of her jewelry -- valued in excess of $5,000.

However, the story has a happy ending -- the suspect was soon identified, all reportedly stolen and pawned jewelry was recovered, and the suspect now resides in the Clackamas County Jail on first-degree Theft charges.

Janet Nelson, 68, recognized that several pieces of her jewelry were missing from her home. She soon realized the theft must have occurred during a recent remodeling project at her Happy Valley home.

On Jan. 10, 2011, Janet Nelson reported the theft to the Happy Valley Police Department (a contract service of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office). A Happy Valley Police Officer investigated -- and was able to solve the case.

The Happy Valley deputy obtained the name of the general contractor and an additional list of subcontractors who worked at the Nelson residence. One subcontractor was immediately singled-out by investigators -- and was soon discovered to have a criminal history.

This suspect worked as a tile-installer at the Nelson residence, and is identified as Ivan Ivanovich Leontyuk, age 20, of Portland.

A law-enforcement query of pawn-shop records documented the pawning of jewelry by Ivan Leontyuk at two separate pawn shops in the metro area. Happy Valley investigators followed the leads -- and ultimately located all the reported stolen jewelry from the Nelson residence.

Leontyuk was contacted by the Happy Valley Police at his Portland residence. He was interviewed, arrested and lodged in the Clackamas County Jail on two felony charges of Theft in the First Degree.

In addition, a probation-violation detainer for a prior robbery in the second-degree charge (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office) has also been charged to Leontyuk.

Ivan Leontyuk, 20, has been arraigned on these matters and remains in the custody of the Clackamas County Jail. He is next scheduled to appear in Clackamas County Circuit Court for a case-management hearing on March 2. Trial on this matter is set for March 22, 2011 in Clackamas County Circuit Court.