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February 1, 2013

Ipswich man admits to pawning antique silver for his friend

BEVERLY — An Ipswich man admitted yesterday to fencing stolen antique silver items at a now-closed pawn shop whose owner is facing separate charges.

The pieces were allegedly taken by the man’s friend from a Manchester-by-the-Sea home.

Andrew Mathey, 27, of 36 N. Main St. received a continuation without a finding for a year, over the objection of a prosecutor, on two counts of receiving stolen property. Prosecutors had been seeking a guilty finding.

The 19 items included 19th-century silver serving pieces, bowls, utensils and cups, as well as a calling card holder, all of them from Germany and some engraved with the initials of the owner’s ancestor. They disappeared from a hutch in the home in the fall of 2011.

The Magnolia Avenue woman told Manchester Patrolman Zak Johnson and Detective Richard Newton that she had been having work done in the home and listed several contractors, including Rainbow Painting of Ipswich.

The owner of that business, Andrew Tzortzis, had been working there with his son Chris Tzortzis and another relative in September and October 2011.

Ipswich police Detective Peter Dziadose recognized Chris Tzortzis’ name from a 2008 investigation involving items missing from homes that were being pawned.

Tzortzis, 29, of 50 Mile Lane, Ipswich, is scheduled to stand trial next week on charges that he took the items from the Manchester home.

Beverly police learned that many of the items had been pawned by Mathey at JGM Numismatics and Investments, a now-closed pawnbroker whose owner, George Maroskos, is set to stand trial Feb. 14 on charges that he lied to Beverly police Detective Jeff Liacos about stolen jewelry he was buying and reselling, including a $100,000 7.5-carat diamond ring taken in a burglary.

The Beverly City Council voted last year to revoke JGM’s secondhand dealer’s license.

Police did find records of some of the silver pieces pawned at JGM, but by then it was too late, Sylvanowicz said. The items, with both great sentimental and monetary value, had been melted down.

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