Lexington Realtor faces new charge related to selling stolen 1-carat diamond to a jewelry store

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Realtor Glenn Boadley “Bo” Howell III faces a new charge in which he is accused of selling a stolen diamond to a Lexington jewelry store, according to court documents.

In addition, Fayette District Judge T. Bruce Bell on Wednesday found probable cause to send the initial theft charge against Howell to a Fayette County grand jury for possible indictment.

Howell, 38, was arrested Wednesday on a new felony charge of receiving stolen property under $10,000. He was released on his own recognizance and is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday before Fayette District Judge Kim Wilkie.

A criminal complaint filed in district court says that Bobbi Todd had reported on May 16 that a 1-carat Princess cut diamond was stolen from her house on Lakewood Drive. The diamond had been removed from a ring setting, the complaint says.

Todd told police that her house was listed for sale from February through August. On March 11 and 12, the house was shown by Howell, the complaint says.

On March 12, Howell sold a Princess cut diamond to Joe Rosenberg Jewelers, the complaint says. Todd provided an appraisal of the listed diamond that was given to Rosenberg Jewelers, who verified that it matched the diamond that was sold.

The diamond had an estimated value of $3,500.

Lexington police charged Howell on Dec. 4 with theft by unlawful taking under $10,000 and tampering with evidence. Court records said he “unlawfully exercised control” over thousands of dollars of jewelry, then destroyed or altered the jewelry’s appearance “to impair its verity or availability in a future proceeding.” The theft charge has been amended to theft by unlawful taking of more than $10,000, according to court records.

Howell, former president of the Lexington Young Professionals Association, has been a licensed Realtor since 2004. He was once associated with Bluegrass Sotheby’s International Realty in Lexington but is no longer listed on the company’s website.

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