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Police: NJ man stole jewelry, electronics from parents' Portland home

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Oct 05 2012 02:28:20 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 05 2012 02:29:23 PM CDT
PORTLAND, Pa. -

A man was arrested for stealing almost $6,500 in jewelry and electronic equipment from his parents' home and selling it to a pawn shop four months ago, officials said.

Ian A. Heffernan admitted to police on July 1 that he was responsible for the theft of the jewelry and equipment five days earlier at the home of his parents, Robert and Michelle Tust, 312 Main St., Portland, Northampton Co.,  officials said.

Heffernan, 20, said he went to the Gold Mine Pawn Shop in Hackettstown, N.J., and sold the items, including a gold chain, a gold necklace, a pair of diamond earrings, a tennis bracelet, a man's wedding ring with diamonds, an iPod and a Sony camcorder, officials said.

The items were located at the pawn shop, they added.

Heffernan, of 568 Willow Ave., Scotch Plains, N.J., was arraigned Thursday night on charges of theft and theft by deception and released on $20,000 unsecured bail, according to court document.

A preliminary hearing is set for 10:30 a.m. Oct. 12.