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A 37-year-old Newport News man was arrested by police Monday following an investigation into the theft of sterling silver flatware from a James City County home.
Jason Allen Powell is accused of stealing several pieces of sterling silver flatware from a home he had been performing work on, located in the 100 block of Ellinson Court, according to JCC Police spokeswoman Stephanie Williams.
He is charged with grand larceny and larceny with the intent to sell, Williams said.
Several months after the work on his home was completed, the victim discovered 26 pieces of his flatware were missing, according to a criminal complaint filed in the Williamsburg-James City County General District Court.
The victim reported the incident to police on Oct. 17, and told them he had a company doing work at his home in July.
Powell was one of the workers in the home on July 5, according to court records.
Police believe Powell sold the flatware, totaling 1,400 grams, at a pawn shop the following day, Williams said.
The flatware was valued at about $2,500, the criminal complaint states.
Powell admitted to a police investigator on Dec. 9 that he had stolen the flatware, according to the criminal complaint.
Powell is scheduled to appear in the Williamsburg-James City County General District Court Dec. 20 at 8:30 a.m. for arraignment, according to court records.
He is currently out on bail, court records show.