Stolen jewelry melted down to adorn teeth

Associated PressJune 1, 2012 

Jennifer Silva recently found out what happened to the jewelry stolen from her Fairbanks home in May. It was melted down to make a "dental grill," a form of jewelry that fits over the wearer's teeth.

Silva told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that the bigger shock was finding out who did it. She said it was a friend -- a man she tried to help when no one else would.

Kejuan Bruce Gaddis was arrested last week and is being held at Fairbanks Correctional Center on $5,000 bail.

Silva said the jewelry was taken from her home on May 22. Police told her to go to pawn shops and jewelry stores. Staff at Bishop's Jewelry said a man had dropped off the jewelry she described to be melted down and made into the grill.

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