ENGLEWOOD, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff's detectives arrested an Englewood man for Grand Theft concerning $27,000 in jewelry stolen from a Manasota Key condo last March 1st. Christopher Daniel Straub, 26, of 1120 Gulf Boulevard, was arrested for the crime.
CCSO received a call from a woman about a lot of jewelry stolen from her unit at Beach Cake Condos on Manasota Key. During their investigation, detectives learned that the manager of Beach Cake Condos son, Christopher Straub, had pawned a large amount of jewelry at multiple pawn and gold shops. A check of Charlotte and Sarasota pawn shop records revealed Straub has made 55 pawns since March 1st.
Ten items were pawned at Suncoast Gold and Silver in Englewood by Straub for $1,500. CCSO detectives received photo copies of the jewelry items pawned by Straub, some of which were identified by the victim. Copies of Straub’s driver’s license, his thumb print, and a photo of Straub was taken by the pawn shop employees. None of the items were recovered because the legal number of days expired for the pawn shop to keep before they are melted down.
Tuesday, Straub met with detectives and said he only pawned about four times within the past year and it was only at two pawn shops, Ambassador Pawn in Englewood and Paradise Pawn and Jewelry in North Port. He denied involvement in the Manasota Key condo theft case. Detectives arrested him for the stolen items he pawned at Suncoast Gold and Silver. Detectives are continuing to investigate all of the other pawned items made by Straub; more charges are expected.
Straub, a convicted felon with eight bookings, was transported to the Charlotte County Jail. He posted a $15,000 bond Wednesday and was released.