Published: Apr 01, 2011 10:37 PM EDT
Updated: Apr 01, 2011 2:26 PM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla.-A local painter has been arrested after allegedly stealing two gold bracelets from a home where he was working. 

The victim hired YNOT Painting to do work at his home on March 7. The company was inside of his home working from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. At 5 p.m., the victim discovered that two gold bracelets (valued at $1,000 apiece) were missing from his master bedroom nightstand, the room in which the painters were working.

The victim immediately called the owner of the company and reported the incident. The owner of the company told the victim that Samuel McKee was the painter who was working in his master bedroom.

On March 14th, the victim filed a report with the Cape Coral Police Department. Detective Jason Hicks began investigating the case and determined that McKee pawned two gold bracelets on March 7 at 5:15 p.m. at Cash to Gold on Del Prado Blvd. McKee was given $1,154.77 for the bracelets.

Detective Hicks obtained surveillance video of the transaction and McKee was identified as the seller. The paperwork in which seller signed and provided a thumbprint was seized and submitted for forensic analysis. Cape Coral Police Forensics Technicians confirmed that the prints on the transaction form were a match for those of McKee.

On March 30, Detective Hicks arrested McKee on charges of Grand Theft; Dealing in Stolen Property and Violation of the Pawnbroker Act. In an interview with Detective Hicks, McKee confessed to stealing the jewelry and selling it to pay bills.