‘Dude’ defense goes nowhere in jewelry theft

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — A 30-year-old Mount Desert man is facing a theft charge for allegedly stealing $2,000 worth of jewelry from a home on the Seawall Road.

Nelson Martinez was summonsed Feb. 11 on a charge of theft.

The theft was reported to police on Jan. 9 after the owner of the jewelry returned from a trip to Florida and found items had been taken from a jewelry box in her bedroom. Officer Allen Smith later learned Martinez had stayed in the room while she was away.

During his investigation, the officer checked lists of items recently purchased by pawnshops and found Martinez had pawned items at a shop in Bangor on Jan. 11, two days after the jewelry was reported missing. The pawnbroker provided the officer with a copy of the receipt given to Martinez and photos of the jewelry he had pawned. The victim later identified the items as being the ones taken from her bedroom, Officer Smith said.

Officer Smith interviewed Martinez, who first claimed “some dude” had given him the jewelry. Upon further questioning, however, Martinez admitted to committing the theft, the officer said.

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Mark Good

Mark Good

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander