SALEM — An 18-year-old North Andover man faces a felony and four misdemeanor charges after police caught him Tuesday afternoon with expensive jewelry and some marijuana.
Collin McGladrigan was arrested about 1:45 p.m. after police were called by a local pawnbroker about a man trying to sell a diamond bracelet worth more than $4,000.
In addition to that bracelet, McGladrigan had several rings, two gold bracelets and a rope chain, Deputy police Chief Shawn Patten said.
Police were called by N.H. Pawnbroker Services at 351 S. Broadway for report of suspicious pawn attempts. Cash for Gold at 527 S. Broadway earlier had refused to accept the jewelry.
McGladrigan, who was a passenger in a car, had already left when police arrived, but they located and stopped the vehicle.
When police were interviewing McGladrigan, Patten said, they discovered a small amount of marijuana in the car.
“When the officers were talking to the suspect, they asked him who the marijuana belonged to,” Patten said. “He said, ‘It’s mine,’ followed by, ‘Oh ... we’re in New Hampshire. That’s not my weed.’”
Since January 2009, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana is merely a civil offense in Massachusetts, punishable by a fine of $100. That’s not the case in New Hampshire.
After police questioned McGladrigan further, they determined the jewelry had been stolen from his mother, Patten said.
He is charged with one felony count of receiving stolen property, three misdemeanor charges of receiving stolen property and a misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled/narcotic drug.
McGladrigan is due to be arraigned in 10th Circuit Court in Salem. Sept. 10. The driver of the car was not charged.
Patten praised Cash for Gold for refusing the pawn and N.H. Pawnbrokers for calling police.
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