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Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012 12:10 am | Updated: 12:09 pm, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — A North Pole couple is accused of stealing more than $3,000 in goods this fall, allegedly selling jewelry, a shotgun and a samurai sword that belonged to a woman who was letting them stay in her basement apartment.

The owner of the valuables told North Pole police her niece and her niece’s husband had been staying in her basement apartment for the past month, according to a criminal complaint filed in court Friday.

She had previously noticed her sword was missing but did not suspect her guests until Oct. 12 when she also noticed her jewelry was gone.

North Pole police interviewed an employee at Oxford Assaying and Refining Corp., who said the victim’s niece and her niece’s husband — Gabriel Zane Cotton, 22, and Amber Dawn Cotton, 23 — came the day before and sold a gold necklace and three diamond rings for $214.20 in scrap gold value.

An employee at Alaska Fast Cash also told police the Cottons had been by, selling a $300 Remington shotgun that the victim also said belonged to her.

Not everything immediately turned up at local stores, police said. The victim also said she was missing a a $1,000 gold-banded diamond wedding ring and a $300 gold ring with a ruby and diamonds.

Both Gabriel and Amber Cotton were issued criminal summons Wednesday to appear in court to face felony theft charges. Gabriel Cotton faces an additional charge of making a false report.

Contact staff writer Sam Friedman at 459-7545. Follow him on Twitter, @FDNMCrime.

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