MYSTIC, Conn. (WTNH)-- A local jewelry store owner is facing charges after police say some stolen things were put up for sale at his store. The owner of G and S Jewelry Store in Mystic turned himself in to police.
When the Weissinger brothers of Old Lyme were arrested in the fall, the jeweler, who police say bought the stolen goods, said he had no idea where they came from. Now, he has to tell that to the judge.
News 8 went back to G&S, Goldsmith's and Silversmith's Company, to see if the owner Matthew Hopkins wanted to say something in his defense.
State police say he not only bought items allegedly stolen by Justin Weissinger and his brother Karl from Old Lyme homes, but police say he knew the goods were hot.
"Over $197,000 worth of stolen gold and other precious metals were recovered at this establishment," said Lt. J Paul Vance, State Police.
Back in November, Hopkins, who was in his downtown Mystic store, said there would be a time when he could talk but it wasn't then.
Since Hopkins didn't want to speak at the time, the clerk in the store next door, spoke very highly of him.
Liz Carlson, from The Velvet Swan, Too, says Hopkins has made jewelry for her friends and she thinks he was duped.
"They said that they got them out of storage unit stuff and there's all these TV shows about storage units and all these things that people get out of storage units, and stuff like that. So I mean, I just, I really do think there's no way he knew that they were stolen," said Carlson.
Hopkins was ordered held on $250,000 bond. He's due back in court July 31st.
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