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I was in the jarls palace in whiterun and "accidentally" took an item called "unusual gem." Now every time I go to whiterun then I get massacred by a huge group of guards and if I kill anybody I'll just be digging myself into a bigger hole. :(

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possible duplicate of How do I get rid of my bounty? –  Resorath Apr 21 '12 at 4:47
    
The guards should confront you and provide you with options. Go to Jail, Resist Arrest, Persuade Guard, Declare Thaneship and Bribe. Some of the options will not be available. Your unusual gem is probably one of 24 Stones of Barenziah. –  Taz Apr 21 '12 at 5:03
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Just taking that item (Which is a quest item) shouldn't cause them to attack you.. However. Draw your weapon then put it away, if it really is just a minor infraction over the limit they should also put their weapons away and then confront you to let you pay off the debt or go to jail.

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