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A Lake Worth couple faces burglary and larceny charges following their arrests last week for allegedly stealing guns and jewelry and selling them to pawn shops.

Deputies arrested Vincent Pagano, 52, and Maribel Garcia, 28, in connection to a theft and burglary Oct. 13 at a suburban Lake Worth home. The alleged victim told Palm Beach County sheriff’s investigators that Pagano was his employee and accessed the residence in the Smith Farm development while he was out of town.

The employer said that Pagano did not have permission to be at the residence.

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According to an arrest report, several items — including a loaded Walther PPK .380-caliber gun, a loaded Bushmaster AR-15 rifle and various coins and pieces of jewelry — were taken from the home. Surveillance-camera video reportedly showed Pagano driving the accuser’s truck into the development that night and later leaving.

When questioned by his employer, Pagano reportedly denied using the truck and said he was not in Palm Beach County that night. However, sheriff’s investigators found that Garcia, Pagano’s girlfriend, had sold two pieces of jewelry on the morning of Oct. 14 to a pawn shop in Lake Worth. The alleged victim was shown pictures of the jewelry and told investigators it was his. The report does not specify what happened to the guns.

According to the arrest report, Garcia denied ever going into the alleged victim’s home and told deputies the jewelry had been given to her by a former boyfriend. Pagano denied any knowledge of a burglary and said he knew nothing of the pawn transaction. He told deputies that whatever Garcia did was on her own and that he knew

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