Prosecutors said Sydney Hinkley's expenses increased when she kicked a boyfriend out of her apartment in 2011, so she started taking jewelry from the Ben Bridge store -- mostly plain gold items that could be melted down.
The Bellingham Herald reported that the 22-year-old got away with it until a mid-July inventory.
Detectives found that Hinkley had pawned items matching the missing inventory at four gold-buying businesses.
She pleaded guilty Thursday to first-degree theft.
In addition to jail, she's to repay $28,500, a sum that Judge Ira Uhrig called "a couple wheelbarrows full of money."
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