New Castle County Police have arrested a Newark man on charges of felony theft after he allegedly stole jewelry from his 71-year-old neighbor while helping her prepare Thanksgiving dinner.
On Monday at 11:40 a.m., County Police responded to the 600 block of South Gerald Drive in the community of Birchwood Park for a reported theft.
The 71-year-old female victim told police that on Nov. 27, someone had taken jewelry from her home.
The victim was getting ready to prepare potato salad and removed her diamond rings - a two-ring set - and placed them on her kitchen table. After she was done preparing the food, she went to put her rings back on, but they were missing from the table.
Police learned that the victim had some visitors that day, one of whom was identified as a family friend and neighbor, Christopher Sulo, 26. Sulo had gone to the home to help the woman with cooking the turkey.
During the investigation, Cpl. John Kopanski was able to positively identify the victim's rings as those that were sold by the Sulo within several days after the rings were missing, police said. Cpl. Kopanski was able to recover the rings and return them to the victim. The officer then went to the Sulo's residence where he was taken into custody without incident.
Sulo was charged with two counts of felony theft, police said. He was arraigned and released on $6,000 unsecured bail and was ordered to have no contact with the victim.