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.