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Charlotte County inmate facing new charges of theft

FOX 4 Staff

Michael Falzarano

Charlotte County inmate facing new charges of theft

CREATED Mar. 4, 2013

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - A Port Charlotte man behind bars on drug charges now faces new charges in connection with a grand theft case in North Port.

27-year-old Michael Robert Flazarano is charged with grand theft, accused of stealing jewelry from friends he was staying with in North Port and selling the stolen jewelry to two Port Charlotte businesses.

The thefts occurred in mid-February.  CCSO detectives located four transactions that Flazarano made at Gold Pros in Town Center Mall, and one transaction at Precise Diamonds. Detectives confirmed that the suspects signature and thumb print were on all five transactions where he stated the jewelry was his and sold it to the two gold dealers.

CCSO detectives met with Flazarano at the Charlotte County Jail about the transactions; he declined comment and asked to speak to his attorney. Flazarano has been in jail since mid-February on two drug charges and two out of county warrants. Flazarano’s girlfriend told detectives that he stole and sold the jewelry to support his drug habit.