Store manager arrested after buying jewelry stolen from Pinecrest home, police say

Oscar Ivan Sequeira faces charges of dealing in stolen property, grand theft

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By Amanda Batchelor – Senior Digital Editor

Posted: 2:40 PM, July 07, 2016 Updated: 2:40 PM, July 07, 2016

PINECREST, Fla. – A store manager was arrested last week for buying jewelry that was stolen from a home in Pinecrest, authorities said.

Pinecrest police said Oscar Ivan Sequeira, 34, is the manager of Xodium Jewelry and Watch Repair, which is inside Southland Mall.

According to police, three men broke into two Pinecrest homes and stole more than $500,000 worth of jewelry.

Police said the men first broke into a home May 27 and stole a safe that contained $500,000 in jewelry. The group later burglarized another home on June 9 and stole more jewelry valued at $10,000, authorities said.

Police said the men later sold the jewelry to Sequeira for $1,300.

Raderius Glenn Collins, 18, and Marcus Terrell Parker, 27, were arrested after police found a video on Facebook of the men showing the money off that police said the men received for the stolen merchandise.

Police said one of the suspects said he saw some of the gold jewelry being melted down at the store.

The third man involved in the incident has not been arrested.

Sequeira faces charges of dealing in stolen property and grand theft.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.


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FCSO: Man uses hatchet to break into Palm Coast jewelry store 3 times

Store robbed for 2nd time in 11 months

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PALM COAST — Employees at Greg Lynn Jewelers off Old Kings Road had a rude welcome when they arrived to work Tuesday morning, finding shattered glass littering the front entrance of the Palm Coast jewelry shop, vestiges of an apparent “smash-and-grab” burglary.

Flagler County sheriff’s deputies later arrested Craig Chavez, 51, of Reinhardt Lane in connection with the Tuesday morning break-in. The Palm Coast man faces charges of burglary, criminal mischief, theft of utilities, and possession of burglary tools in connection with the incident. He remained jailed Tuesday night on $10,000 bail, booking records show.

According to Flagler County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jim Troiano, Chavez used a hatchet to break out windows and enter the store twice early Tuesday morning. The first time came about 6 a.m. when he entered the shop with a plastic bag over his face and took a bag with nothing valuable in it. He was able to get away without triggering an alarm, according to investigation reports.

But Troiano said Chavez returned about an hour later and used a hatchet to break out another window, this time using a T-shirt to conceal his face. He took between 13 and 15 bracelets with a combined value of $500 and left, but not before exposing the license tag of his getaway vehicle. Troiano said also Chavez returned a third time with nothing covering his face.

Investigators traced the vehicle tag to the registered owner, who turned out to be Chavez’s girlfriend. Troiano said she told them that only she and Chavez used the vehicle, and deputies found and questioned Chavez. After he was arrested, they also recovered several of the stolen items. Some were stashed near the jewelry shop and other bracelets were found in Chavez’s dresser. Officials said they have returned several of the stolen items to the shop’s owners and the others are being processed as evidence.

The break-in resulted in between $3,000 and $4,000 in damage to the store, Troiano said.

It was the second such burglary in less than a year at Greg Lynn Jewelers, 101 Flagler Plaza Drive. Two men broke out the glass during an early morning robbery last July moments after they tried and failed to break into Sharp’s Liquor store, which sits two doors down from the jewelry store.

No arrests have been made in any of those cases and Troiano said investigators do not believe Chavez was involved with those robberies.

Ex-fiance’ accused of $2M jewelry theft: ‘I was set up’

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The ex-fiancé accused of stealing more than $2 million in jewels from her former boyfriend’s Palm Harbor home insists it’s a setup. This, as Monday, the criminal case against Mary Hunt is moving forward in court.

“The hardest thing I’ve ever been through in my entire life,” says Hunt through tears.

For the first time, Hunt tells 10News WTSP about the bitter battle that could cost her her freedom.

“Please stop you’re being violent!  Please stop you’re being violent,” says Hunt to Scott Mitchell in a video submitted as evidence in the federal lawsuit against Hunt and her parents.

Hunt says it’s the kind of violent outbursts she endured in her relationship with millionaire Mitchell.

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He’s seen ripping up her clothes on the driveway, “Please stop doing this Scott,” Hunt says.  “I bought you all these dresses, Mary,” says Mitchell.

She says he would kick her out of his Palm Harbor home that they shared, stop check payments on her bills, and accused her of writing worthless checks.

“He’s given her black eyes, physical abuse,” says Hunt’s attorney, Barry Cohen.

Then, the next minute, records show he’d send her loving texts and give her gifts.

Another video shows Mitchell in a store. “I took two Ambien, decided to go. I had an idea for a little romantic project I’m going to put together for Mary to tell her how much I love her,” Mitchell says in the video submitted as evidence in the federal lawsuit against Hunt and her parents.

“I believe he’s incapable of controlling his emotions, and when he doesn’t get what he wants he will go to any lengths to get it,” Hunt tells 10News.

Hunt says after she called off their Cayman wedding, Mitchell accused her of swiping hundreds of necklaces, gold rings, diamonds and other jewelry from his vault, and mailing it to her parents’ home out of state.  She claims she and her mom sent a package with only some of her personal belongings, computers, and costume jewelry.

“No, I did not take $2 million in jewelry,” Hunt says.

But when investigators arrested her, she claims Mitchell didn’t let up.  “Printing T-shirts of my mugshot and posting them for sale on social media,” says Hunt.

“All of his vindictive, abhorrent, psychopathic behavior is going to come out,” says Hunt’s attorney, Barry Cohen.

Cohen questions in the high-tech home why there’s not video of Hunt making off with the jewels.  He’s fighting the criminal charge against her.

“We have confidence in the case, complete confidence in that case,” says attorney Todd Foster, who is representing Mitchell in the federal suit.  Foster is suing Mary and her parents for triple the jewelry’s value, $6 million.

When asked who Foster believes is the victim in the case he replies, “Scott Mitchell.  If you believe what’s been put forth by them, you need to wait and see our response.”

That response in the federal suit could come as early as Tuesday.

The criminal case will be back in Pinellas Court in August.

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