San Luis Obispo jewelry store operator pleads not guilty in ring-theft case

San Luis Obispo jewelry store operator William Roger McBurney pleaded not guilty today to charges linking him to possession of a $25,000 diamond ring taken from a vehicle in Atascadero.

Atascadero and San Luis Obispo police detectives investigated the All That Glitters jewelry store at 209 Madonna Rd. over the past several months. McBurney said he’s not the owner of the business, but that the shop operates under SLO Dreams Inc.

His son, Travis McBurney, is president, and All That Glitters’ website states that it is a family-owned store. Travis McBurney has not been arrested or charged with any wrongdoing.

William McBurney told The Tribune that the allegations against him are separate from the store and are unfounded.

The DA’s Office has charged him with two counts of receiving stolen property, a felony; delaying an officer in the performance of their duties, a misdemeanor; and conducting secondhand business without a license, also a misdemeanor.

Atascadero residents Bryan Nothstein and Eugene Kriewitz were linked to the stolen diamond ring. They later sold the stolen ring to All That Glitters, police said.

Kriewitz recently pleaded no contest to grand theft and Nothstein also pleaded no contest to receiving stolen property. Both were sentenced to 90 days in County Jail and three years probation.

William McBurney is due in court for a pre-preliminary hearing on July 29.

--Tonya Strickland and Nick Wilson