A sub-contractor who installs floors was arrested Monday after he allegedly confessed to stealing more than $10,000 worth of jewelry while working a job at a woman’s home in Jupiter.
Police say that Bobby Vanover, 33, of suburban West Palm Beach, told officers he was still grieving over the death of his young daughter nearly a decade ago and stole the jewelry to support a drug habit. He is facing charges of theft and falsifying ownership information for pawned items.
He was released under court-ordered supervision Tuesday after posting $4,000 bail.
According to a probable-cause affidavit made public Tuesday, Vanover and others were working at a home on Bilboa Drive in Jupiter. On Friday, a woman reported to police that several diamond and gold rings were missing from the home. The rings were valued at $10,070. The woman told officers she suspected Vanover, the affidavit said.
On Sunday, the woman called police again, this time to report that someone had left a handwritten note on her car, saying that her husband was having an affair. A police officer spoke to Vanover’s employer and was able to compare the handwriting on the note to his employment application. The handwriting was a match, police said.
While at the alleged victim’s home, the officer spotted Vanover’s car entering the community. Vanover pulled over before the officer activated his emergency lights. He was visibly upset and told the officer he was coming back to the woman’s home to confess and to apologize, police said.
Vanover allegedly told officers later that he was still grieving his daughter’s death and had developed an addiction to Roxycodone pills. He said he wanted to confess before, but became scared and left the note instead, according to the affidavit.
He allegedly took the rings to a pawn shop and sold them. Vanover allegedly told officers he tried to get the rings back but, because he sold rather than pawned them, was unable to do so.