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Maintenance man stole $70K in jewelry from apartment tenants, Brevard cops say

Deputies: Worker used keys to get into condos, stole jewelry to sell to pawn shops

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – A maintenance man at a Brevard County condo complex was arrested Tuesday after deputies said he stole thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from tenants at the complex.

Investigators said as much as $70,000 worth of necklaces, bracelets and rings were stolen from the residents at the Ocean Oaks condos near Ridgewood Avenue in Cape Canaveral.

Neighbors at the complex say the only problem they had there for years were the hundreds of peacocks that invaded the oceanfront property.

But a few months ago that all changed when several people started reporting that their jewelry had gone missing.

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Deputies say a maintenance worker, 49-year-old William Mann, is responsible.

"Anytime you entrust somebody with access to your residence and you become victimized it definitely hurts," said Cpl. Dave Jacobs.

According to investigators, Mann, who apparently worked at the complex for years, would use his keys to get into the condos, steal the jewelry and then sell it to different pawn shops in the area.

Deputies said there could be more victims, all of whom are believed to be tenants at the complex.

"We do have a list of property that still hasn't been identified so there could be more victims of crimes," said Cpl. Jacobs. "So, if the residents would come forth that would surely be helpful."

When interviewed by investigators, Mann denied being the one responsible, saying he found the jewelry on the beach and in the trash.

Mann is being held on a $70,000 bond at the Brevard County Jail where he's facing several felony grand theft and burglary charges.

Most of the items have reportedly been returned to the owners.