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Pinellas handyman accused of stealing $100,000 in jewelry

A 41-year-old handyman was arrested Monday, accused of stealing $100,000 worth of jewelry from a home where he was working.

William D. Andreas, of the 13700 block of 87th Avenue in Seminole, was charged with dealing in stolen property. He was taken to the Pinellas County Jail and released after posting a $10,000 bail.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, Andreas stole the items from a jewelry box belonging to a woman who hired him to do some work. An arrest report does not identify the woman or say where she lives.

Andreas then pawned the jewelry at several shops within a 30-day period, the report states.

The woman identified some of the pieces, which were pawned at Universal Jewelry on Indian Rocks Road in Largo on Dec. 30, the report said.

Andreas is listed as a registered sex offender. He was convicted of second-degree rape in Maryland in 1994, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. In September 2002, he received two years' probation in Pinellas County for failure to register as a sex offender, court records show.

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