The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a prolific offender for dealing in stolen property and fraud after selling jewelry stolen in a Venice burglary.
On September 16, someone broke into a home on Cypress Road and stole several pieces of jewelry. During the investigation detectives learned Allen Edwards, DOB 4/12/77, last known address 116 North Verona Street, Nokomis, pawned 11 pieces of jewelry at three different locations within hours of the burglary and received $774. The next day he pawned four more items at another pawn shop for $125. The victim confirmed that all but one of the jewelry items were hers.
Edwards is charged with four counts of Dealing in Stolen Property and four counts of Fraud for giving False Ownership Information to a Pawn Dealer. He is being held on $60,000 bond for those charges, but no bond for an Escape charge that was added after he tried to run from the south county office as detectives prepared to take him to jail.
Edwards has 15 prior arrests including five for occupied residential burglary, and several for battery and grand theft.