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May 25, 2013

Distraught jewelry thief asks police to shoot him

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.

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