Google search leads to prostitution arrest in Salem

Salem police investigating the robbery of $70 from a Bridge Street coffee shop allegedly found not only the thief but a prostitution business.

While investigating an unarmed robbery at the Coffee Time Bake Shop June 10, police were given the cellphone number of a woman who allegedly knew the male thief, Salem Police Lieutenant Conrad Prosniewski said.

A Google search of the phone number turned up an online advertisement to hire an escort by the name of “Misha,” Prosniewski said.

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An undercover detective called the number and set up an appointment to meet the escort, later identified as 44-year-old Jennifer Owens, at her house. When the detective arrived, Owens allegedly accepted $100 as payment to perform a sexual act. She faces a charge of sexual conduct for a fee, Prosniewski said.

While police were interviewing Owens Monday, she allegedly told them that her boyfriend, 44-year-old Aaron Pelletier, had robbed the Coffee Time Bake Shop, Prosniewski said.

Police charged Pelletier with unarmed robbery after he allegedly admitted to officers he had stolen $70 from the register to fund his drug habit, Prosniewski said.

Not-guilty pleas were entered on behalf of both Owens and Pelletier at their separate arraignments Tuesday in Salem District Court. Owens was held in lieu of $1,500 cash bail, and Pelletier was held in lieu of $500 cash bail, Prosniewski said.