Public Affairs Office

1100 Cultural Park Blvd

Cape Coral, FL 33990


Date: June 23, 2011

Subject: Cape Coral Police Make Arrest in Jewelry Theft Case

On June 6th Cape Coral Police responded to a report of a jewelry theft at 3457 NE 11th Avenue.

Upon arrival, Officers learned that the victim was missing several pieces of jewelry and she believed her son may have been responsible. Officers took a report and began investigating.

The following day, the victim found a sales slip for a gold dealer, Gold 2 Cash, in her son's possessions that indicated her son had sold her jewelry on two separate occasions in late May.

On June 8th Officer Howie Post caught up with the victim's son, James Rich, at his home located at 1421 NE 33rd Lane. Officer Post questioned Rich about the crime. Rich confessed to stealing his mother's jewelry and selling it to Gold 2 Cash on two separate occasions. James Rich was arrested on charges of grand theft.

On June 23rd Detective Nick Jones followed up on the investigation and spoke with employees at Gold 2 Cash about the transactions. An employee positively identified Rich as the individual who sold the jewelry and signed paperwork indicating that the property was his to sell. Detective Jones then added the charges of dealing in stolen property and violation of the pawnbrokers act. James Rich was charged with these additional crimes while he was still in custody for the original grand theft.

"Thanks to quick work and cooperation, we were able to not only make an arrest but also recover the victim's jewelry

before it was melted down."- Lieutenant Tony Sizemore.

James K Rich (11-12-90)

1421 NE 33rd Lane

Cape Coral, FL 33909