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UPDATE: Contractor Catches Employee Stealing Jewelry From Client's House

A contractor caught an an employee stealing jewelry from a client's house in Brick and had him arrested, police said.

Steven T. Ohleth, 34, of Brick was arrested Dec. 31 and charged with a theft of jewelry at a residence located on Arbor Road, in Brick.

Ohleth was at the residence while employed by a local contractor doing repair work. After several days of work, some jewelry was missing that was taken during the time the work was performed, police said.

The homeowner contacted the company’s owner, who discovered that one of his employees had allegedly taken the items, police said.

The Brick Police then became involved in the investigation and arrested Ohleth. Ohleth had taken the jewelry to two local shops that buy used jewelry. One of the jewelry stores had already melted and sold some of the jewelry for scrap, but one of the stores still had the jewelry in their possession.

This jewelry will be returned to the homeowner, police said.

After Ohleth was arrested, he was transported to Brick Police Headquarters where he was charged with theft of movable property. Ohleth was released on his own recognizance on a criminal summons pending court proceedings.
mike mc January 03, 2014 at 03:47 PM
i would think that the shops that buy gold items would be required to wait at least 30 days before melting the goods down. that would help get some of this stolen jewelry back to its owner, rather than have it melted down..what does the owner get back now ?? probably nothing, does the owner of the pawn shop gets to keep the proceeds from the meltdown or is he required to reimburse the true owner because he took in a stolen object ??
ray January 03, 2014 at 04:28 PM
And I would think the owners of these shops should be charged with receiving stolen property.
WMS826 January 03, 2014 at 04:35 PM
I agree...close down all these pseudo pawn shops. Cash for our treasures is more what they should be titled.
Joey Joe January 04, 2014 at 05:33 AM
Hope the next time that somebody hires this crook they do a background check on him... Would be nice to keep this clown out of our homes when having work done by contractors..
Bricktown Lew January 04, 2014 at 09:46 AM
Ah, another "We Buy Stolen Goods For Drug Money" store. Very popular around here.
John Marsden January 04, 2014 at 09:46 AM
The crooks aren't the only crooks... The contractors operating without licenses are crooks too... Wonder if they checked to see if the contractor had a NJCA License.
Blondie January 06, 2014 at 06:45 PM
I'm sure that "local shop" that Olteth sold the jewlery to is definitely in big time trouble. They have to, by law, hold the jewlery for that specific reason (theft). I know Toms River Twsp. seriously enforces it, whether Brick does the same, who knows.

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