Man arrested for stealing $22,000 worth of jewelry from parents

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PORT CHARLOTTE, FL. - Charlotte County Sheriff's detectives arrested a Port Charlotte man Monday for stealing his parents jewelry valued at $22,410.

Arrested was 24-year-old Kenneth Karl Purdin II.

On Mar. 18, the parents of Purdin called CCSO to report they had been away and when they returned they found their jewelry missing along with an Echo-225 Edger valued at $230, and $150 cash. The parents said they confronted their son but he denied taking the items.

Detectives checked the pawn database and found pawn transactions made by Purdin during the same time his parents were out of town. Detectives located two rings at Kings Pawn in Englewood, and the edger that was pawned at Port City Pawn in North Port. The items were photographed and shown to Purdin’s parents who positively identified the items as theirs.

Purdin was located at Palm Plaza in Englewood, arrested and taken to the Charlotte County Jail. He was charged with Grand Theft, Dealing in Stolen Property and Altered ID to a Secondhand Dealer. Bond was set at $32,500.