Salem police Detective Sgt. Kristian Hanson began checking area pawn shops after another detective, Thomas Brennan, immediately recognized Medaglia’s name from the reports pawn shops are required to submit to police.
Eventually, Hanson found some of the missing jewelry, as well as other items pawned by Medaglia. But other items were long gone, pawned months earlier. Most communities require pawn shops to hold items for just 30 days.
One of the rings that was found was worth more than $5,000. The owner of that ring spotted it at a shop in Salem. Police now have it as evidence.
Medaglia’s name was recorded on transactions for wedding rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets and pendants at several pawn shops in Salem and Peabody, police said.
The police report described the amount of jewelry pawned by Medaglia as “abnormal.”
Hanson also learned about the 88-year-old woman who sold her car to Medaglia with the understanding that he’d make regular payments of $200. She also gave him the title. He made one payment, then just $60 more.
And on Aug. 8, the 63-year-old resident gave Medaglia a check for $80 for work he supposedly did in her unit. She accidentally dated the check Aug. 9, and, police say, Medaglia was unable to cash the check immediately.
Medaglia “called and yelled at her and told her he needed the money now and demanded a new check,” which the woman provided. Medaglia cashed that check, and then cashed the post-dated check as well, police allege.
Medaglia, who also goes by his middle name, Troy Medaglia, is currently free on $500 bail.
At the time he was hired, Medaglia had no Massachusetts criminal record. However, he was charged in March with drug conspiracy in Lynn, a case that was subsequently dismissed.
Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at email@example.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.