Sean Monti, 45, of Daytona Beach, is suspected to have stolen over 70 items.
A 45-year-old former employee of an Ormond Beach electric company was arrested Oct. 30, along with two other suspects, over an Ormond-by-the-Sea burglary in which homeowners initially reported almost a half million dollars' worth of missing jewelry.
Volusia County Sheriff's deputies reported that Sean Monti, of Daytona Beach, pawned at local shops several items of jewelry belonging to the homeowners. Monti, who deputies stated is a documented gang member, was previously employed by the Cain's Electric Inc. Co. — the same company which performed electrical work on the burglarized residence a few weeks before. One of the homeowners told deputies that the electrician utilized the bedroom where the jewelry was stored to gain access to the attic for wiring.
The burglary was reported to deputies on Oct. 22, after the homeowners returned from vacation. The home's rear sliding glass door had been pried open and the couple's bedroom had been ransacked, an arrest report details.
Among the missing items was an Alexandrite gem valued by the homeowners at $200,000; it was later found inside the residence.
Detectives contacted Michael Cain of Cain's Electric Inc., who listed Monti as one of two people who worked on the house. After discovering that Monti pawned the homeowner's jewelry, deputies went to his Daytona Beach home to arrest him. Monti ran from the deputies but was eventually apprehended.
Monti admitted to conducting the pawn transactions but refused to admit he burglarized the home, his arrest report states. He could not provide an explanation for how he came to be in possession of the stolen property.
Monti faces felony charges for burglary, dealing in stolen property, giving false information to a pawn broker, and escape, as well as a misdemeanor charge for resisting an officer without violence.