Waterville jewel thief turns himself in

Kevin Barr
Waterville Police Department
Kevin Barr
Posted May 13, 2014, at 12 p.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — A local man allegedly responsible for a jewel theft turned himself in to authorities on Sunday night and is facing multiple charges, according to police.

On April 15, Kevin Barr, 34, had gone to the L Tardif Jeweler with an interest in purchasing jewelry, trying on several expensive rings before selecting a pair, putting them on his fingers and fleeing, according to Waterville Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey.

Store personnel gave chase as Barr fled, but he managed to escape them and police were unable to locate him, according to Rumsey.

After store surveillance images capturing Barr circulated throughout the media and social networking sites, numerous tips poured in to Detective Joshua Woods that Barr was responsible for stealing the rings valued at $5,000, Rumsey said.

A subsequent search warrant was conducted at Barr’s residence and an arrest warrant was prepared for Barr, and on Sunday, he turned himself in to Waterville police.

Barr was charged with Class C felony theft and violating conditions of release, in addition to warrants for burglary, theft and criminal mischief out of Kennebec County Superior Court stemming from a residential burglary in June 2013.

Barr’s bail was set at $2,130, he was brought to Kennebec County Jail, and a court date of June 17 was set, Rumsey said. The stolen rings have not been recovered.

 

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