Thursday, February 22, 2018
Public safety

Handyman helped himself to homeowner's jewelry, coins, Pasco deputies say

NEW PORT RICHEY — A handyman is accused of stealing thousands of dollars in jewelry and coins from a home where he was doing work.

Stephen Joseph Vallely, 29, of Hudson, took the items while working in a house on South Shore Drive, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. He pawned a diamond ring for $500, a ring and chain for $600, a collectible coin for $1,600 and another collectible coin for $1,200, the Sheriff's Office said.

Vallely, who does not have a Florida contractor's license, told deputies he was given the valuables as payment for his work on the home. The owner said that wasn't so.

Vallely was arrested Monday on four charges of dealing in stolen property. Authorities say he also violated the terms of his 10-year probation — which began in September — on a previous charge of grand theft.

He remained at the Land O'Lakes jail Tuesday without bail.

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