NEW DORP BEACH — A man was arrested last week after he was found trying to pawn jewelry taken from the elderly Sandy victim's home burned by arsonists last weekend, the District Attorney's office said.
Michael Vanwinkle, 32, of Oakwood, was arrested last Thursday and charged with criminal possession of stolen property after he sold jewelry that belonged to Mary Roberts, 89, whose home was burglarized and set on fire on July 14, the Staten Island Advance originally reported.
On Sunday, July 14, Vanwinkle pawned an earring, angel charm, and chain at Michael's Jewelry, 2626 Hylan Blvd. that belonged to Roberts, a law enforcement source said.
An investigation is currently underway to see if Vanwinkle played any role in the arson and burglary of Roberts' home, a law enforcement source said.
His bail was set at $3,000, and he's due back in court on Wednesday.