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Man accused of trying to sell stolen jewelry to same store chain

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

PIKEVILLE/LEXINGTON, Ky. (WYMT) - After a strange series of events, several people are now behind bars in connection with a jewelry store burglary.

The Castle jewelry store in Pikeville was broken into earlier this month, and one man was arrested when he was allegedly caught selling some of that stolen jewelry to another Castle store in Lexington.

Officials say several people broke into the Castle jewelry store in Pikeville on November 11.

"Several thousands of dollars of gold merchandise, up to $150,000 altogether," said Pikeville Store Manager Cynthia Endicott.

Officials believe former manager Matt Bevins was one of those people. He was arrested just two days later.

"Our safe had been tampered with so we kind of had an idea that it had been like a former employee," said Endicott.

After the Pikeville location was broken into, police say the story took an interesting turn when one of the accused burglars supposedly took some of the stolen merchandise into another Castle location in Lexington and tried to sell it to them.

"The police department from Fayette County came in and said well this gentleman had actually sold several items to several of the local places," said Castle Regional Manager Matt Wills.

They say that man, Seth Scott, had already sold one piece of the stolen jewelry to that Castle store, but they say he went back for more.

"Low and behold Friday evening around 6:00 these people came back in with three very heavy distinctive gold chains," said Wills.

Employees say they recognized Scott from the first time, and called police, who say they found nearly $20,000 of merchandise along with burglary tools in Scott's car.

"Obviously I don't think their judgment was working properly," said Wills.

Scott faces several charges including receiving stolen property and possession of burglary tools.

Both suspects declined requests for interviews.

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