SALEM — Drug addiction may be the common thread between unrelated arrests this week, Deputy police Chief Shawn Patten said yesterday.
“I believe so,” he said of the arrests of Daniel Roberts, 21, of Laconia and Angela Schwartz, 27, of Northwood.
Roberts, already in the Belknap County jail on burglary charges, was brought to Salem Tuesday to be processed on two felony charges of receiving stolen property involving the theft of a 1906 gold pocket watch and a 10-karat diamond ring, worth thousands of dollars, Patten said.
The items were stolen in a burglary in Belmont in August and Roberts was charged there with that crime. He is accused of pawning the items in Salem Sept. 7. They have not been recovered, Patten said.
Roberts was being held on $50,000 on the Belmont charges and bail was set at $25,000 personal recognizance on the Salem charges.
“Belmont contacted us because we send out pawn slips through the detective network and they recognized those items,” Patten said yesterday. “We require photo ID and pictures of the items being pawned. We investigated and brought him here because we wanted to make sure he wasn’t released.”
Schwartz, too, was arrested Tuesday and charged with two felony counts of receiving stolen property — two gold Rolex watches valued at nearly $9,000, Patten said.
She allegedly was trying to pawn the watches at Cash for Gold Tuesday afternoon. Pawnshop workers became suspicious and notified police, Patten said.
Schwartz first told police she received the watches from her now-deceased grandfather, Patten said, but police determined they had been stolen from the home of someone who employs her mother’s cleaning company. Schwartz works for her mother’s business, he said.
She refused bail and was taken to the county jail pending her arraignment.
The theft did not take place in Salem, Patten said.