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Police: Man breaks into neighbor's home, pawns off stolen items

Police: Man breaks into neighbor's home, pawns off stolen items
Posted at 2:00 PM, Sep 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-08 10:48:22-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -  A Tallahassee man was arrested after breaking into his neighbor's home and pawning off the stolen items while the neighbor was detained in the Leon County Detention Facility. 

Jamin Romans, 21, was arrested by the Tallahassee Police Department on Thursday. 

On July 30, the victim was arrested and taken to the Leon County Detention Facility. He was released from LCDF on Aug. 2 and when he returned home, he found his house had been broken into. 

The point of entry was unknown, but the victim reported he found the rear sliding glass door open about three inches, and at the time of his arrest, it was closed. 

The victim said numerous items were stolen during the robbery which included a Samsung television, Samsung DVD player, and several DVDs including The Lord of the Rings trilogy and a set of Harrison Ford DVDs.  

He also reported numerous silver coins were stolen. 

The victim told officers he felt Romans, who was his neighbor, was responsible for the burglary. 

He explained Romans was also the witness and reporting party to the incident which resulted in his arrest. 

The victim said Romans would have known he was not at home.  

After searching Romans name through the North Florida Pawn Network database, officers found several entries that indicated Romans sold what was described as eight United States Coin American Eagle for $120 at Folmar's Gun and Pawn. 

In addition, he also sold a Samsung Blu-Ray DVD player, Samsung LED TV, DVD box sets, and 12 single DVDs to Value Pawn for $43.50.  

On Aug. 23, officers went to Value Pawn and viewed surveillance video, which showed Romans was the person selling the items. 

In addition, he provided his Florida ID during the transaction, signed the Florida Pawn Transaction form, and provided his right thumb print, claiming to be the owner of the items. 

A couple days later, officers went to Folmar's Gun and Pawn and recovered the stolen coins.  

Officers talked with the employee who conducted the transaction, and he remembers Romans coming into the store with numerous silver items including other collectable coins. 

Romans told the employee the items belonged to his boss and he was selling them on his behalf. The employee also said Romans had a television and other items with him.  

Based on the evidence provided, Romans is being charged with two counts of dealing in stolen property, two counts of defrauding a pawn broker, grand theft, and burglary of dwelling unarmed.  

He was taken to the Leon County Detention Facility and his bond was set at $5,000 but has since bonded out.