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Two arrested in connection to jewelry theft

The Concord and state police arrested two individuals from Keene and Webster yesterday in connection with the theft of high-value jewelry from a home in Wilmot, according to a state police press release.

Richard Fortier Jr., 24, of Keene was charged with five counts of receiving stolen property, and Stephanie Vary, 25, of Webster faces charges of criminal conduct for the liability of another. Fortier and Vary are being held at the Merrimack County Department of Corrections on $100,000 and $25,000 cash bail, respectively, and will be arraigned in Concord’s district court Tuesday.

A Wilmot homeowner first contacted the state police Thursday to report stolen cash and jewelry from their home. During the investigation, the police received a call from the owner of a Concord jewelry store where Fortier was trying to sell stolen jewelry, the release says. The owner was suspicious of Fortier and set up another meeting for the next day. When Fortier arrived, both the state and Concord police were on the scene to arrest Fortier and Vary, who the police had learned was also involved in the theft. The release does not name the jewelry store.

During the investigation, the police also learned that Fortier and Vary were staying at a hotel in the Concord area. State troopers obtained a search warrant and found additional jewelry, illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia in the room the two had been staying in, according to the release. The stolen jewelry is estimated to be worth between $75,000 and $100,000.

The state police are asking anyone with information about the two individuals to contact Trooper Megan Walsh at 603-271-3636.

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