Charlotte pawn detective cracks two year old theft case
Pete Patterson Beth Patterson
ENGLEWOOD EAST, Fla. - A Charlotte County Sheriff's pawn detective closed a two-year old case arresting an Englewood man for stealing a $5,500 ring while an elderly man was hospitalized.
The detective also arrested the suspect's daughter for pawning the ring for $300 to buy drugs.
45-year-old Pete Michael Patterson of Englewood faces a charge of Grand Theft from a Person 65 or Older.
Investigators say Patterson took the ring while watching the house for the victim who was hospitalized at the time.
26-year-old Beth Patterson told detectives her father gave her the ring and pawned two years ago so he could purchase drugs. She made the confession after being arrested for a parole violation and now she is charged with Dealing in Stolen Property and False Verification of Ownership.
The daughter-in-law of the 70 year old male victim located the diamond clustered ring at Young’s Creative Jewelry, 2828 S. McCall Road, Englewood East and purchased it back for $300.
That's when the pawn detective went to work and traced the transaction back to Beth Patterson.
Both father and daughter remain in jail held on no bond.