The owner and manager of a Cuyahoga Falls jewelry and gold store have been charged in a widespread burglary scheme involving thousands in stolen goods taken from about 20 residents.
Salvatore Vecchio, the owner of the Jewelry and Gold Exchange on State Road, and the store’s manager, James Vecchio, are accused by police of buying jewelry that they knew was stolen.
Their arrests this week come after months of investigation by Cuyahoga Falls police into a rash of home burglaries in January, May and June. Police Sgt. James Singleton said burglary suspects Nick Limric, 27, and Brian Conrecode, 26, sold gold jewelry and jewels at Vecchio’s shop that had been taken during the burglary spree.
The victims lost tens of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry, police estimate. Limric was arrested in June after a resident called police to report a burglary in progress at a Lynn Drive home. Police responded and found Limric inside.
Limric is facing 20 counts of burglary; Conrecode is accused of nine. Their cases are pending in Summit County Common Pleas Court.
Shortly after the arrests, police obtained a court order and searched Vecchio’s store. Singleton said some stolen jewelry was recovered; other items were either sold or, in the case of some gold and silver, melted down for resale.
Some records detailing items the store purchased were changed to conceal the improper purchases, he said.
“As we were tracking the stolen property, our detectives actually tracked some of it down to that business,” Singleton said. “We’re alleging that [the Vecchios] knew they were buying stolen property and, in fact, they altered the records to hide that fact.”
Salvatore Vecchio, 36, is charged in Stow Municipal Court with complicity to tampering with evidence. James Vecchio, 30, is charged with tampering with evidence, receiving stolen property and obstructing official business. Both men are free on bond. James Vecchio declined comment when reached at the store Friday.
Their cases will now go before a county grand jury for consideration of a felony indictment.
Phil Trexler can be reached at 330-996-3717 or email@example.com.