Pawned Jewelry Stolen From Woman's Relative, Cops Say

Jewelry valued at $6,700 was allegedly taken from Hopatcong home.

Two Hopatcong residents were charged with theft after police said one of them stole $6,700 worth of jewelry from a relative, giving it to the other to be pawned in Byram.

Mary Hess, 21, and Marc Santucci, 22, were both sent to the Sussex County jail in lieu of $10,000 bail. Santucci was also charged with possession of marijuana as Lt. Thomas Kmetz of the Hopatcong Police Department said he had a bag of marijuana in his pocket when he was arrested on Thursday at his home.

Kmetz said a pawn shop in Byram had called Hopatcong police on Jan. 10 after suspecting that a ring Santucci allegedly brought to the shop was stolen. Officers advised the shop to hold on to the ring so that they could investigate any reports of missing jewelry.

When officers questioned Santucci about where he got the ring, Kmetz said, he told police that he had received it from Hess. 

On Thursday, police were called to a Lackawanna Drive home where a resident reported earrings, charms, a necklace, wedding band and engagement ring, valued at a total of $6,700, missing.

Kmetz said Hess and the resident are relatives and Hess was living at the Lackawanna Drive home. When shown the ring that was being held at the pawn shop, Kmetz said the resident identified it as theirs. Hess had stolen the ring and given it to Santucci to be pawned, Kmetz said.

For questions on this report, email ariana.cohn-sheehan@patch.com

Frazure January 31, 2013 at 12:18 PM
......or possibly a patrolman camped out in every borough home to monitor crooked family members .......how would that work for you STATE PARK?
Christine Genarrio January 31, 2013 at 02:58 PM
Talk about no good deed going unpunished. Her family member takes her in and she cleans them out. I guess she didn't realize that dumping the contents of someone's jewelry box into her purse was a strange way to show her gratitude. It's just sad.
Observer January 31, 2013 at 11:43 PM
Probably didn’t have her own bedroom and bathroom as a kid and forced to eat her veggies. Maybe she wasn’t given her own car when she got her license. All things add up to an angry young lady in our entitlement and enabling society. “Book ‘em Dano!”
Observer February 01, 2013 at 10:06 AM
I have a friend who just found out her business partner has been stealing from their account for at least a year. When my friend asked on numerous occasions to see the books because she couldn't access the computer files, the excuse was that the bank required constant password changes. My friend had to go to the bank & get copies of all the statements, & was stunned to find this 'partner' paying for personal living expenses out of that account. When confronted, the 'partner' expressed no concept of wrong-doing, but rather a sense of entitlement, over & above their partner agreement on compensation. Because my friend trusted this 'partner' like a family member, she was devastated by the attitude of this young person. There was no apology, even. Entitlement! to Theft? What's this country coming to? Where's the moral compass?
jazzman February 03, 2013 at 05:00 PM
entitlement the perfect word,arrogance,socialpath also to mind,these personalities types become leaders and shackers thinking they can run the country then the world,always a fine line between love and hate,politicians or thief


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