Outside Richard Selwach's "Best Jewelry and Loan" in Northwest Gainesville, the sign reads "Cash for Anything," and according to Gainesville Police Detectives, anything includes University of Florida National Championship rings that were stolen by Gainesville resident Timothy Hall in April.
"During his interview, he indicated that Richard Selwach had told him that if he could get any more National Championship rings, he wanted any that he could get his hands on brought in," G.P.D. Det. Cpl. Donald Geelhoed said.
While on a routine pawn shop inspection with members of the Alachua County Sheriff's Office and the Department of Agriculture, Geelhoed said Gainesville detectives discovered three of those stolen rings.
"Mr. Selwach knew or should have known that the property he was taking-in was stolen," Geelhoed explained. "Mr. Hall clearly indicated that the property was not his to sell, and my victim's name was clearly engraved on each piece of the property."
Almost nine-and-a-half years ago, Selwach was arrested on similar charges for selling stolen tools.
"I haven't done anything wrong. All my paperwork is in order," Selwach maintained back in January of 1998.
There were problems with the case, and this past year, Selwach ran for City Commission. He took a firm stance against crime during his campaign.
"If the community keeps its eyes open with vigilance, we can keep a handle on crime," he argued.
Detectives however stated they were not surprised to find the items there. Selwach's pawn shop has a reputation for accepting stolen goods, even though he keeps his paperwork in order. The arrest warrant lists 20 different aliases for Salwach, who was arrested on four counts of dealing stolen property, a second degree felony. The rings are currently in the hands of authorities.
"It feels good to finally wrap-up this whole investigation and see it reach this conclusion," Geelhoed said.
By Ted Latiak, WCJB TV20 News.
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