Joel Auxier charged with fraudulently purchasing jewelry with a Saks customer's credit card

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -  A Palm Beach Gardens man who police say worked at Saks Fifth Avenue in the Gardens Mall is facing charges that he sold stolen jewelry.

Palm Beach Gardens police say that on May 14, 2014 Joel Auxier, who worked as a jewelry salesman, sold a Buccellati brand women's watch to Provident jewelry for eight thousand dollars.

Investigators say that the watch had previously been purchased by a regular customer in her 80s for seventeen thousand seven hundred dollars.

The woman, according to police, was not present when the watch was purchased and the sale was charged to her Saks credit account.

The victim told officers that she was not aware that the watch had been purchased,  that she never authorized the purchase nor did she take possession of it.

The victim told police that she had made other purchases from Saks and had used Auxier as her salesman.

Police say that over the past three years Auxier sold a significant amount of jewelry to Provident Jewelry and had been paid over thirty two thousand dollars.

Saks says that there has been a documented shortage of a large amount of jewelry due to employee theft over the past several years.

Auxier has been charged with the grand theft of a victim over age 65 and dealing in stolen property.