BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — The owner of a Barnstable jewelry store has been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison for buying thousands of dollars’ worth of stolen jewelry that he melted down and sold for profit.
Carl Marchetti, owner of Cape Cod Precious Gems, was sentenced Tuesday following his conviction Monday on multiple counts of receiving stolen property.
Authorities say the 52-year-old Marchetti bought stolen items, mostly from drug addicts who had robbed homes, then melted them down for resale.
The Cape Cod Times (http://bit.ly/XJxKga) reports that the judge called Marchetti nothing more than a ‘‘fence.’’
The case was considered the first use of Barnstable’s secondhand junk dealers bylaw adopted in 2009. The law requires dealers to photograph and inventory items they receive and pass the information to police.
Information from: Cape Cod (Mass.) Times, http://www.capecodonline.com