GPD: Handyman stole, pawned family's jewelry


Published: Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 9:05 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 9:05 a.m.

A handyman hired to help a woman at her deceased mother's home in late December apparently helped himself to about $2,000 worth of family jewelry.

Gainesville Police Department investigators said they found some of the jewelry reported missing at a pawn shop. Alachua County Sheriff's Office detectives found more of the jewelry in pawn shops outside the city, officials said.

The man accused of pawning the jewelry, Denis N. Dubuc, 46, of 4724 NW 35th Ln., was arrested by police on Wednesday on charges of grand theft, dealing in stolen property and providing false information on a pawn form. Police said he is a suspect in at least one similar case while he was employed as a handyman.

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