EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

May 25, 2013

Distraught jewelry thief asks police to shoot him

By Mike LaBella

---- — HAVERHILL — Police said two men worked together in pawning thousands of dollars of stolen gold jewelry and even a gold nugget. They said one of the men, Richard Ramos, stole jewelry from several homes he was working at for a painting contractor and sold the items at a pawn shop and a jewelry store in Plaistow.

When police went to his home after a report that he was threatening to kill himself, Ramos confronted Detective Carl Rogers and told him he messed up by stealing the jewelry and to “put a round in me and end my life.”

Investigators called the house breaks a “joint venture” by Ramos, 35, of 49 Linwood St. and Andrew Consoli, 27, of 444 Groveland St.

Police charged Consoli with two counts of breaking and entering in the daytime for felony and two counts of larceny over $250. Consoli was arrested Tuesday on a warrant and was arraigned Thursday in Haverhill District Court, where he was released after a family member posted the $2,500 cash bail that was imposed. Judge Patricia Dowling set a number of conditions for his release, including attending the Structured Outpatient Addiction Program, or SOAP. His case was continued to June 28 for a pretrial hearing.

Police said Consoli pawned many of the stolen items then he and Ramos split the money and used it to buy pills.

Police charged Ramos with six counts of larceny over $250, two counts of breaking and entering in the daytime for felony, and assault with a dangerous weapon in connection with a number of reported house breaks beginning in January.

Police said Ramos stole jewelry from his mother-in-law’s home on Manners Avenue, from a home on East Broadway, and another home on Fieldstone Way that he was painting.

The painting contractor provided investigators with information that indicated that Ramos was working on painting projects at the homes in question on the days of the reported thefts, according to the police report.

Ramos was arraigned on Wednesday in Haverhill District Court and was ordered held on $50,000 cash bail. He must appear June 13 for a pretrial hearing.

Police listed Ramos’ occupation as a house painter and Consoli’s as a home inspector.

Police were looking for Ramos on May 15, when a family member reported he was in his backyard with a kitchen knife and was threatening to kill himself.

Detective Carl Rogers and Officer Scott Gleed encountered Ramos, who was bleeding from his left forearm of an apparent self-inflicted wound and holding a knife in his right hand, according to the police report.

Police said Ramos sat on the ground, looked at them and said “I (expletive) up and stole all that jewelry and my life is over.”

Rogers pulled his service weapon, pointed it at Ramos and ordered him to drop the knife, according to the report.

Ramos responded by saying,“Put a round in me and end my life, it’s over.” Rogers tried to calm Ramos and asked him to drop the knife, but he wouldn’t.

Ramos then stood up, walked toward Rogers while pointing the knife at him and yelled at him to “put a round in me.” Rogers stepped back and ordered him to drop the knife or  else he’d shoot, the report said. Rogers continued trying to calm Ramos, but Ramos kept asking him to “put a round in me.”

Ramos eventually dropped the knife and was subdued with no further incident, police said.

An ambulance transported Ramos to Merrimack Valley Hospital for treatment and for mental evaluation, according to the report.

According to the police report, investigators were reviewing pawn slips of women’s jewelry that was sold at a pawn shop and at a jewelry store in Plaistow on a number of occasions this year. Police said one of the victims was a neighbor of Ramos who had reported the theft of valuables belonging to her and her husband, including a gold nugget and gold jewelry valued in the thousands of dollars.

Ramos told police it was easy to enter the home because the couple never locked their doors and were gone all day. Police said Ramos told Consoli about “how easy it was to break in.”

Police called the burglaries and larcenies a “joint venture” by Ramos and Consoli.

Police spokesman Lt. Robert Pistone said area pawn shops frequently submit reports about purchases they make. Pistone said police encourage victims to report thefts and also to visit pawn shops in search of items that may have been stolen from them.

“Most of the stolen property end up being sold at local pawn shops,” Pistone said.

According to the report, pawn slips showed that on March 22, Consoli sold two women’s rings at a pawn shop in Plaistow, and on March 26, he sold a man’s wedding band and pendant at a jewelry store in Plaistow, police said. The stolen items were identified by Ramos’ Linwood Street neighbors as their property, police said.

Consoli was subsequently arrested on a warrant and, during questioning by police, admitted to pawning the items. Consoli told investigators that Ramos gave him the jewelry to pawn. Consoli said he and Ramos would split the money and use it to buy pills.