Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Pasco man buries treasure, still arrested for grand theft

PORT RICHEY — A man buried his stolen treasure, but that didn't help him avoid arrest.

Joshua Martin, 24, is accused of stealing a chain, charm, diamond ring and coin, all gold, on May 25 from a Port Richey home on Pier Road. The victim claims the items are together worth $16,000.

Martin told police he entered the victim's home and took the items from under a bed. He said he fled to the Quick Stop Food Mart at 7529 U.S. 19, where he buried the items in the ground at the southwest corner.

Martin returned three days later to retrieve the buried gold and pawned the necklace for $900 the next day, a sheriff's report said.

Martin was arrested Monday and charged with grand theft, dealing in stolen property and false verification of ownership. He remained in jail Tuesday in lieu of $17,000 bail.

Pasco man buries treasure, still arrested for grand theft 06/05/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 1:57pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. He sings, he acts, he ministers -- Meet Heanon Tate


    God gives every person unique talents to use them, says Heanon Tate, pastor of Force of Life Church in North Tampa.

    Heanon Tate, pastor of Force of Life Church in North Tampa.  Tate, 46, is a musician, actor, athlete and minister. He has appeared off Broadway and in television shows including Army Wives (in which he had a reoccurring role) and Homeland.
  2. Police: Valrico woman stole more than $150,000 from St. Petersburg employer


    ST. PETERSBURG – A Valrico woman is facing a first-degree grand theft charge after police say she stole more than $100,000 from her employer in St. Petersburg over the last four years.

    Laura Grogan, 59, of Valrico, was arrested on Wednesday and faces a grand theft charge after an investigation by police found she stole over $150,000 from her employer over the last four years. [St. Petersburg Police Department]
  3. PolitiFact: Here's why Donald Trump's definition of fake news is wrong


    When PolitiFact fact-checks fake news, we are calling out fabricated content that intentionally masquerades as news coverage of actual events.

    President Donald Trump smiles as he listens to Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras speak during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
  4. Why does Amazon's 'Bosch' feel so much like the books? It's Michael Connelly



    Traffic is roaring along Interstate 5, and beyond it a hot orange sunset burns.

    Michael Connelly is pictured on the set of “Bosch,” an Amazon series based off his novels. Shooting for Season 4 is underway.