An alleged thief is accused of stealing a useless disabled veteran’s gold wedding ceremony band, in keeping with police who say the felony pawned the ring for $85.
Massachusetts State Police have arrested a 53-year-old Springfield man, Antonio Bell, and charged him in reference to stealing the marriage band. Bell is an authorized nursing assistant who had contact with the veteran for the final three years, together with within the days after he died.
A State Police trooper final month responded to the Veterans Home at Holyoke — previously the Soldiers’ Home at Holyoke — to research the marriage band theft. Security workers reported that the useless veteran’s gold wedding ceremony band had been taken throughout the strategy of shifting his stays to a funeral house.
The trooper launched an investigation — conducting interviews with workers on the Veterans Home, relations of the veteran, and workers at each the morgue and funeral house. Through interviews, the trooper narrowed down the timeframe between the ring final being seen on the veteran’s hand and the ring going lacking.
The trooper then zeroed in on Bell. Records at an space pawn store confirmed that Bell had not too long ago offered a gold wedding ceremony band, which was later found to be the marriage band belonging to the useless veteran. Bell pawned the ring for $85.
The wedding ceremony band has a financial worth of as much as $2,000, in keeping with State Police, “and, more importantly, an emotional and sentimental value beyond numerical qualification.”
The trooper was in a position to get the marriage band again to the veteran’s household.
Bell was arrested and charged with larceny from an individual over 65, larceny from a constructing, and receiving stolen property. Upon the completion of Bell’s reserving, a bail commissioner positioned a bail quantity of $1,000 previous to him being transported to the Hampshire County House of Corrections.