New Hartford man pleads not guilty in Plainville jewelry theft

Published on Wednesday, 13 September 2017 20:43
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

STAFF WRITER

PLAINVILLE - A New Hartford man accused of stealing about $10,000 worth of jewelry while servicing an RV in Plainville has pleaded not guilty to a felony charge.

Jacob Woodward, 27, appeared briefly Wednesday in Bristol Superior Court. During the hearing, his attorney, Alfonzo Sirica, said he only first spoke to his client shortly before the proceeding.

Sirica, on Woodward’s behalf, entered a not guilty plea to one count of second-degree larceny and was granted a continuance until Oct. 16.

Woodward, who is being held on $22,500 in connection with numerous pending cases in the area, was charged in the Plainville theft last month.

According to the arrest warrant, a Maine man reported to police on June 19 that some jewelry had been stolen from his RV sometime in January. Two rings, collectively worth $10,300, were missing.

The victim said his RV was serviced at a local body shop and repair center in January. After that, he drove to Florida and spent the winter there. He could not find his two rings during the trip. After returning home to Maine, the complainant realized that the rings were not left at home and were gone.

According to the warrant, police contacted the local repair shop where the RV had been serviced and the owner told them he had recently fired Woodward for allegedly stealing from the company. Upon checking his records, the owner found that Woodward had been the one to service the complainant’s RV.

Police then discovered that Woodward had sold two rings at a pawn shop in Waterbury. Investigators acquired a photo of the rings, which was used by the complainant to identify them as his missing jewelry.

During the investigation, police spoke to Woodward while he was being held on bond in connection with other cases. According to the warrant, he admitted to stealing the two rings in Plainville while he was servicing an RV.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at jmuszynski@centralctcommunications.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, General News, Plainville on Wednesday, 13 September 2017 20:43. Updated: Wednesday, 13 September 2017 20:46.