Silver, jewelry dealer gets 'AR' in theft case
Updated 6:01 pm, Tuesday, November 1, 2011
A Fairfield dealer in jewelry and fine silverware, charged with ripping off nearly $90,000 from customers, was granted a form of probation Tuesday.
Over the objections of the prosecutor, Superior Court Judge Robert Devlin granted accelerated rehabilitation to 52-year-old Alastair Crawford, of Black Rock Turnpike, on charges of first-degree and third-degree larceny.
Under accelerated rehabilitation, Crawford, a British citizen, did not plead guilty to the charges, but was placed on two years probation. If he commits no other crimes during that probation the original charges against him will be dismissed.
Senior Assistant State's Attorney Robert Brennan opposed granting accelerated rehabilitation to Crawford. He argued the crime was too serious and there is no guarantee Crawford won't do it again.
But the judge said he gives Crawford credit for making total restitution to his victims, and also was persuaded by Crawford's lawyer, Robert Golger, that the thefts were caused by his failing business.
According to police, a Fairfield couple complained that in March 2010 they had turned over to Crawford a nearly $84,000 silverware set to sell on consignment. Police said Crawford sold the silverware but kept the money for himself.
Last April, police said an Oregon woman complained she had given Crawford several pieces of jewelry valued at more than $5,000 to sell for her. While Crawford did sell the jewelry, police said he did not give the woman any money from the sale.