Woman, 2 sons admit pawning wedding rings stolen from military exchange

By KEVIN KRAUSE | The Dallas Morning News (Tribune News Service) | Published: December 30, 2015

A woman and her two sons have admitted to pawning wedding rings stolen from a Dallas-based Army and Air Force Exchange Service, federal court records show.

Jessie Faye Hightower, 55, of Balch Springs, was scheduled to plead guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to receive stolen government property. However, her defense filed a motion seeking a continuance so that she could attend an appointment for breast cancer treatment.

She and her two sons are accused of pawning about 28 wedding ring sets that her ex-husband allegedly stole from the military store.

The eldest son, Arthur Lee Hightower III, 34, of Lancaster pleaded guilty in September to the same charge and is awaiting sentencing.

The second son, Travoine Lee Hightower, 31, of Dallas is scheduled to plead guilty to receiving stolen property, a misdemeanor, in January.

Jessie Hightower's ex-husband, Arthur Lee Hightower II, of Dallas, 56, was a truck driver who delivered merchandise to the exchange service, authorities said. In October 2014, he stole about 70 wedding ring sets that he was supposed to deliver to the exchange in Dallas, according to the indictment.

He gave the rings to his ex-wife and her sons, who received cash for them at local pawn stores, authorities say. Travoine Lee Hightower is accused of pawning one wedding ring set. His brother and mother each allegedly pawned more than a dozen.

The ex-husband is charged with conspiracy to receive and conceal stolen government property; theft of government property; and receiving stolen government property, aiding and abetting.

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