Published: Oct 12, 2011 3:11 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 12, 2011 3:14 PM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla.- Cape Coral Police Burglary Detectives have made arrests in two jewelry theft investigations in which the suspects pawned the victims’ property.

In the first case, Detective Todd Kerns arrested Gregory Lers after it was discovered that he stole his ex-roommate’s 14k gold ring from 916 SW 30th Terrace and sold it to Tim’s Pawn Shop in Port Charlotte. Detectives developed Lers as a suspect in the crime and began investigating. Representatives from the pawn shop identified Lers as the individual who sold the ring and CCPD Forensic analysis of the transaction paperwork showed that Lers’ thumbprint was on the form.

On October 10th Gregory Lers was arrested on charges of Grand Theft, Dealing in Stolen Property and Violation of the Pawnbrokers’ Act.

In the second case, Cape Coral Police took a report of jewelry theft from a home at 1418 NE 5th Lane on October 10th. Approximately $6000 worth of jewelry belonging to the homeowner was taken. On Tuesday October 11th Cape Coral Detectives received a call that both the victim and suspect, Christen Dial, arrived at the LCSO North Substation to discuss the matter.

Detective Alex Mino-Ramirez arrived and interviewed Dial. Dial admitted to taking the victim’s jewelry and pawning it at American Pawn Company to pay for her cell phone bill and send money to her boyfriend who is incarcerated. A review of the pawn receipts confirmed that Dial did indeed pawn the victim’s property.

Dial was arrested on charges of Grand Theft, Dealing in Stolen Property and Violation of the Pawnbrokers’ Act.

“This is great teamwork between the Detectives, Forensics Personnel and vigilant victims. While at first glance these may not seem like large scale investigations, they are certainly significant victories against crime. Especially to the victims involved in these cases. Our Detectives work every case like it’s their most important,” said Lieutenant Tony.