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    Man suspected of Gloucester jewelry theft arrested in Pennsylvania

    State police in Pennsylvania arrested a Maine man Thursday suspected of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from a store in Gloucester in July, officials said.

    Robert Elliott, 56, of Dexter, Maine, was taken into custody in Wysox, Pa. in connection to the robbery of Donna’s Infinite Variety of Adornments (DIVA), Gloucester police said in a statement Friday.

    Elliott will be charged with larceny over $250, the statement said.


    He was held on $75,000 bail in Pennsylvania, and will be returned to Massachusetts, according to police.

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    During the arrest, officers found Elliott with a Canadian visa application, the statement said.

    His arrest followed an investigation involving state and local police in Maine, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, according to the statement.

    On July 9, DIVA’s owner told police a man, later identified as Elliott, selected several pieces from the store’s display case and asked that they be boxed up. Elliot said he would return to purchase them after running errands, the statement said.

    Elliott never returned, and the owner noticed six pieces — worth an estimated $8,625 — missing while putting the items back into the case, according to the statement.


    Gloucester Police Detective Tom Quinn determined Elliott was living in either New York or Pennsylvania, and extended his arrest warrant to include those states, the statement said.

    “This was a widespread and complex investigation,” Interim Chief John McCarthy said in the statement.

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