Cville Man Pleads Guilty to Thefts from Westminster-Canterbury Residents
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va (WVIR) -
A Charlottesville man accused of taking jewelry from people living at Westminster-Canterbury has admitted to the crime. Howard Carey, 25, pleaded guilty to four counts of grand larceny and four counts of breaking and entering in Albemarle County Circuit Court Wednesday morning.
Carey worked as a security guard at the living facility, and admitted to using his master key to steal $25,000 worth of jewelry from individual rooms. He later took the items to pawn shops.
Carey confessed to the crimes after police set up a sting operation.
He faces a maximum of 160 years in prison because each count carries a maximum of 20 years.
Sentencing is scheduled for February 18.
Albemarle County Police Department Press Release July, 18 2013:
Detectives with the Albemarle County Police Department arrested Howard Jamar Carey on July 17th, 2013. Carey was charged with ten felony breaking and entering and ten felony grand larceny charges.
Carey is 24 years old from Charlottesville, Virginia.
This arrest comes after an investigation into thefts from residences at Westminster Canterbury that were reported between April and June of this year. The investigation led them to Carey, who was an employee at Westminster Canterbury at the time and may have had direct access to residences. This investigation involves's the theft and resale of more than $25,000 worth of jewelry.
Carey has been released from the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail on a $15,000 secured bond.
The Albemarle County Police Department encourages everyone to take photographs of your jewelry and,if possible, keep jewelry and other valuables in a locked safe. If you are the unfortunate victim of a theft, a photograph of the missing items will be a valuable tool for the police that are investigating the crime. It is also important to do periodic checks to make sure all your valuables are present.
If you believe you have been the victim of theft at Westminster Canterbury, please contact Detective Brown at 434-972-4038.
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