Arthur Pimental

PLAISTOW — Arthur Pimental of Middleton, Mass., was arrested for pawning stolen items at Plaistow Trading last month, which police say was connected to a burglary in Massachusetts. Pimental, 27, allegedly pawned a 42-inch Panasonic flat-screen TV, a Sony Blueray player and a pink iPod, according to deputy police Chief Kathleen Jones.

"The three items were stolen in a burglary in Beverly, Mass., while the homeowners were away on vacation," Jones said. "All three items were pawned up here in Plaistow by Pimental on April 5."

She said Pimental was found because Plaistow collects and scans pawn slips, sharing them with police stations across both states.

"Sgt. (Michael) Cassola of the Beverly Police Department was looking through the pawn slips and saw that Pimental had sold these items," she said. "He called us and we were able to confirm these are the same items stolen in the Beverly burglary."

On April 15, police seized the items as evidence. Pimental's address on the slips led to his arrest yesterday on receiving stolen property, theft by deception and unsworn falsification charges.

Pimental was released on personal recognizance bail and has a court date of July 11 in Plaistow District Court.

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