Police: Newport man tried to sell stolen $10,000 bracelet in KeeneBy MEGHAN PIERCE
Sunday News Correspondent
March 12. 2017 1:17AM
KEENE — A Newport man accused of attempting to sell jewelry stolen in Claremont Wednesday was released on $10,000 personal recognizance bail Friday.
Ethan L. Fontaine, 23, of German Shepherd Way, Newport, was arrested Thursday when Keene police responded to a city jewelry store and found him in possession of two bracelets, one of which was a $10,000 diamond tennis bracelet, reported stolen in Claremont the day before, according to court documents.
Fontaine was held overnight at the Cheshire County jail. On Friday he waived arraignment, filing pleas of not guilty for two charges of felony receiving stolen property.
Keene police were called to the Mon Amie Fine Jewelry Store, located on Central Square, after store personnel grew suspicious of a man offering items for sale.
The jewelry store owners knew the homeowners who had been the victims of the burglary in Claremont “and were aware of the jewelry that was taken,” according to the arrest affidavit on file at the court. They called police who found Fontaine and another man in the hallway near the entrance of the jewelry store. Police said they found Fontaine in possession of two bracelets reported stolen in the burglary.
The man with Fontaine claimed he was unaware of the burglary, adding that Fontaine had said he was there to sell some of his grandmother’s jewelry, police said.
Fontaine admitted to the burglary, according to the affidavit, and to traveling to Keene to sell the items.
Police said Fontaine told them he had the tennis bracelet appraised in Claremont and was told it was worth $10,000. He told police he traveled to Keene to try to sell it for more than that, police said.
According to court documents Fontaine is also facing a felony burglary charge in Claremont.