Wallingford man charged in theft of $150K worth of Rolex watches from New Canaan jewelry store – Meriden Record-Journal

Posted: Monday, July 31, 2017

A Wallingford man faces charges after police say he stole $150,000 worth of Rolex watches from a New Canaan jewelery store where he was formerly employed.

Pierce Shortell, 30, of 115 N. Whittlesey Ave., was charged Friday with first-degree larceny. His bond was set at $150,000.

Shortell was charged following a lengthy police investigation, New Canaan Police Lt. Jason Ferraro said in a statement. In May, employees from Manfredi Jewels, 72 Elm St., New Canaan, discovered that the store’s Rolex inventory and sales reports did not match. The discrepancies began soon after Shortell was hired in 2016 and ended when he resigned in early June.

Police determined Shortell was working on days when suspicious entries were made in the store database and watches went missing, Ferraro said. Authorities also examined FedEx shipping records and discovered that several shipments were made to an Ohio address on the days when watches went missing. The same address was linked to an eBay account that listed watches for sale.

With assistance from local authorities, police recovered a Rolex watch after a search and seizure warrant was executed at the Ohio address, Ferraro said. Additional watches are being sought and the investigation is ongoing.


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