Interim Police Chief John McCarthy
197 Main St.
Gloucester , MA 01930
For Immediate Release
Friday, Jan. 12, 2018
Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Suspect in Gloucester Jewelry Store Theft Arrested in Pennsylvania
GLOUCESTER — Interim Chief John McCarthy reports that a man was arrested this week on a warrant stemming from his involvement in a jewelry store theft last summer in Gloucester.
ROBERT ELLIOTT, AGE 56, OF DEXTER, MAINE was arrested Thursday and will be charged with Larceny Over $250.
On Saturday, July 9, Gloucester Police responded to DIVA (Donna’s Infinite Variety of Adornments), located at 161 Main St., for a report of a past larceny.
The owner told police that a man selected several pieces from the display case and asked that they be boxed up and he would return after running errands to purchase them.
The man, later identified as ELLIOTT never returned, and while the owner was putting the items back in the display case, she noticed six pieces worth an estimated $8,625 missing.
Following an extensive investigation, which was made possible by cooperation among multiple law enforcement agencies, Gloucester Police identified ELLIOTT as a suspect and obtained a warrant for his arrest.
As a result of the investigation, Gloucester Police Detective Tom Quinn determined that ELLIOTT was residing in either New York or Pennsylvania, prompting him to extend the reach of his arrest warrant to include those states.
Then, through a joint effort with the Pennsylvania State Police, ELLIOTT was taken into custody in Wysox, Pennsylvania, with a Canadian visa application in his possession.
“This was a widespread and complex investigation that was well handled from start to finish by Detective Quinn,” Chief McCarthy said. “I am grateful for his committed work, as well as for the support of the law enforcement agencies that contributed to this arrest.”
The Massachusetts State Police Fugitive Unit, the Essex County District Attorney’s Detective Unit, as well as police in Dexter and South Portland, Maine all contributed to the investigation.
ELLIOTT is currently being held in Pennsylvania on $75,000 bail pending extradition to Massachusetts.
These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.