A man who stole from his ex-girlfriend’s home and then sold it to a local pawn shop has been arrested, authorities said.
James D. Jones, 31, of St. Louis was charged Tuesday with theft by deception and aggravated criminal trespass, police said.
He’s being held on $1 million bond.
According to a police report, the two had been dating for two years.
On Oct. 23, the ex-boyfriend told police Jones and another man stole the $1,400-a-week house and the jewelry from the home in a parking lot near their St. Charles home.
They then sold the house to the pawn shop.
Jones is charged with one count each of theft by deceptive act, theft by deceit, theft and aggravated robbery.
The second count carries a penalty of up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
The two had gone to the St. James City home on Aug. 10 for a “wedding party,” according to a search warrant affidavit.
The ex-wife of the victim told police that Jones took the jewelry and the house and then told her she was moving out of the home.
She said she didn’t want to go, but Jones insisted that she should move out.
She told police he then told the victim that he had an offer to buy the house for $300,000 and to move out if she didn