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Victims speak out at Golden Hedge suspect's hearing

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Stewart in court Sunday. (April 6, 2014/FOX Carolina) Stewart in court Sunday. (April 6, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Ronald Stewart's new mugshot (Courtesy: Greenville Co. Detention Center) Ronald Stewart's new mugshot (Courtesy: Greenville Co. Detention Center)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A former Greenville business owner accused of failing to return customers' items faced a judge Sunday morning as a number of the people he's accused of swindling looked on.

Ronald Stewart, 42, faces at least 78 charges, according to online jail records, related to two The Golden Hedge stores that Greenville County deputies said Stewart previously owned and operated.

Deputies said customers were not able to retrieve items they had dropped off to be repaired or items that were under consignment after the stores on Congaree and Haywood Roads closed earlier this year.

Deputies said their investigation revealed that Stewart had sold some of the items at local pawn shops.

Deputies with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office arrested Stewart last week in Hilton Head and he was returned to Greenville County on Saturday, according to jail records.

Stewart faces a list of charges including breach of trust and obtaining money under false pretense.

Stewart was denied bond at Sunday's hearing. He's being held in the Greenville County Detention Center.

Some victims spoke during the hearing and said the items they entrusted Stewart with can never be replaced.

"He took away from a lot of families, and it's not the value of what he took, it was just the sentimental things," said victim Amanda Tanner.

Another victim, Cathie Kidrick, said she had done business with the store for years and it had been on the up-and-up, but several months ago there was a noticeable chance in service.

"He just kept giving me excuse after excuse after excuse... and then he disappeared," Kidrick said.

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