Valley teen accused of jewelry theft
A Fallowfield Township teenager allegedly took jewelry valued at more than $12,000 from his friend's residence and then sold the items for $516.
On Thursday, Charleroi Regional Police charged Zachary Robert Booth, 19, of 199 Redds Mill Road with felony counts of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property and a misdemeanor count of theft by deception.
Police said that on June 14, Booth attended a gathering at the 103 Crest St., Speers home of Jesse Suppa. He allegedly took the jewelry from the bedroom of Suppa's mother, Gina.
Gina Suppa was out of town June 13-18, police said.
Police allege Booth sold the jewelry at the Cash for Gold store at 417 Don St. in Rostraver Township. The items included a platinum ring valued at $3,000, a sapphire and diamond ring valued at $4,000, and an 18-karat gold ring with pearls valued at $4,000.
Booth furnished his driver's license and signed a form acknowledging he owned the jewelry before the store paid him $516, police said. The store had photocopies of both documents.
When Gina Suppa returned home June 18, she found the items missing from her jewelry box and contacted police. Later that morning, Gina Suppa drove to Booth's residence, where he allegedly admitted to stealing the jewelry, police said.
Charleroi Regional Officer William Gardner then went to the Cash for Gold store and seized the jewelry.
Gardner said Booth was not immediately arraigned, because he was not caught in the act and was not a threat to the public. Booth had no prior criminal record, Gardner confirmed.
A notice of arraignment will be sent via mail, said Gardner, adding it is likely Booth will have to repay the money he received from the store.
Booth's preliminary hearing is scheduled 10 a.m. July 25 before Magisterial District Judge Larry Hopkins of Charleroi.
Rick Bruni Jr. is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com or 724-684-2635.
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