Worker Repairing Irma-Damaged Home Arrested for Theft

A 30-year-old Cutler Bay man was arrested Thursday for allegedly stealing two rings — one valued at $6,000 — from an Islamorada home where he was doing Irma-related construction repairs.

The victim told Deputy Addison LaPradd on October 8 that two rings had been stolen from a room in the house earlier in the month – including a diamond wedding ring estimated at $6,000 and one gold ring valued at $200.

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According to reports, the construction company owner gave the names of the workers at the job site to Detective Elmore, who found that one of the men on the list, Michael Gibson, had recently pawned rings in Homestead.

When Detective Elmore showed Michael the pawn slips, he admitted that he did pawn them but claimed the rings belonged to his ex-girlfriend.

The victim positively identified pictures of the rings as her jewelry.

Michael Joseph Gibson was charged with grand theft, larceny and fraud by pawning items he knew to be stolen and was booked into jail Thursday.


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