Turners Falls man charged in jewelry thefts

TURNERS FALLS — An area man has been charged with stealing thousands of dollars in jewelry from acquaintances throughout the past year.

Sean M. Lavin, 39, of Turners Falls, pleaded innocent to three counts of larceny from a building, and 10 counts of larceny over $250, in Greenfield District Court Friday.

The charges stem from three separate offenses.

Police began investigating Lavin in August, after receiving a report of jewelry stolen from a Millers Falls Road home.

Eight rings valued at $5,874 went missing

Lavin had been living in the basement room of the home for months before the theft, according to the victims. Though the homeowners initially didn’t suspect Lavin, they later began to wonder, according to a police report filed by patrolman Joshua Hoffman.

One of the victims said that Lavin hadn’t been there for two weeks prior to the theft, came by the day of the incident, and hadn’t returned since, wrote Hoffman.

Police began to look into area jewelers and pawn shops, and found that Lavin had sold several rings to a Northampton jeweler matching the descriptions of those stolen, according to the report. A receipt from the store showed that Lavin was paid $125 for several items.

The investigation also led them to Lavin’s ex-wife, who said that two rings had gone missing from her home in the last year, wrote Hoffman.

Lavin initially denied the theft, wrote Hoffman, but later he admitted to it, telling police he has a problem, and steals from people who help him out.

He told police he sold his ex-wife’s rings to Gary’s Coins in Turners Falls, according to a report written by Sgt. Christopher Bonnett. The owner told police that he no longer had those rings, but did have one that Lavin had sold him a couple weeks prior, Bonnett wrote.

That ring was taken to a Turners Falls man, who identified it as one stolen from his house, according to Bonnett. The victim told police he had bought the ring for his daughter for $750.

Receipts from the coin shop showed that Lavin was paid $270 and $62, on different dates.

Lavin was released on his own recognizance. He is due to return to court on Jan. 13, for pretrial conferences on all three cases.

You can reach David Rainville at: drainville@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 279

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