Man charged with stealing from elderly

Published: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 9:16 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 11:49 p.m.

A man accused earlier this month of stealing jewelry from a dead woman's home has been charged in a second case involving another woman and jewelry.

In the latest case, Denis N. Dubuc, 46, of 4724 NW 35th Lane, was charged with grand theft and exploitation of the elderly. Gainesville Police Department officers on Monday arrested Dubuc inside the Alachua County jail, where he was being held on charges filed in the earlier case — grand theft, dealing in stolen property and providing false information on a pawn form.

Officer Blair Ettinger said the latest charges were filed in connection with Dubuc's job for more than three years working as a 77-year-old woman's caretaker. Ettinger said Dubuc took approximately $10,000 worth of jewelry from the woman's home in northwest Gainesville and pawned it at several local pawn shops. Some of the jewelry was recovered, police said.

Following his arrest, Dubuc denied any involvement with the jewelry.

The 77-year-old woman lived next door to the scene of another case in which Dubuc has been charged.

Earlier this month, Dubuc was arrested on allegations he took about $2,000 worth of jewelry from a dead woman's house. A witness told police Dubuc had access to the home while he was working as a handyman on the property.

Dubuc remained Tuesday in the Alachua County jail.

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