Worker accused of theft at Crystal River pawn shop

Published April 13, 2006

CRYSTAL RIVER - A 39-year-old Beverly Hills man has been arrested and accused of stealing from the pawn shop where he worked.

According to an arrest report, American Trading Post Pawn in Crystal River says John T. Orcutt registered fictitious pawns. He pretended to take in merchandise and then paid cash to the person - actually himself - who "pawned" the nonexistent items. In all, Orcutt took at least $530 this way, the arrest report said. He's also accused of stealing from the store 35 pieces of jewelry valued at $13,477. Orcutt was held on charges of grand theft, scheme to defraud and providing false information to a pawn broker. He was taken to the Citrus County jail late Tuesday. Bail was set at $6,000.

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