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$100K cash only bond affirmed for Michigan couple accused of theft from local widow

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A Michigan City couple accused of stealing from a blind Chesterton widow will each have to raise a $100,000 cash-only bond if they want out of jail.

On Wednesday, Porter Superior Court Judge Mary Harper refused to grant the motion of Bary and Robbin Bostic for a reduced bond.

The Bostics are each charged with one count of theft—a Class C felony punishable by a term of two to eight years—after Chesterton Police said they sold or pawned tens of thousands of dollars worth of gold, silver, and platinum bars belonging to the widow, whom they were caring for.

As the Chesterton Tribune reported last month, CPD officers were initially called to investigate a burglary in the 300 block of South 10th Street, the widow’s home, on March 16. The widow was not at the residence at the time but staying instead at a hotel in Michigan City, according to the probable cause affidavit filed by Det. Lt. Dave Adkins.

Responding officers were told by a woman taking care of the home in the widow’s absence that she found a safe in the living room open and a file cabinet opened and all paperwork pertaining to the widow’s late husband’s estate missing, Adkins stated.

A short time later, one of the widow’s co-guardians arrived at the scene, where she advised officers that the safe in question had contained sliver and platinum bars and coins and that Bary and Robbin Bostic, as the widow’s caregivers, both had access to the residence, Adkins stated.

Further investigation determined that a Michigan City jeweler who had, over the course of 30 years, sold multiple gold, silver, and platinum bars to the widow’s husband had recently re-purchased many of those bars and had issued multiple checks to the Bostics or to their real estate broker on their behalf, Adkins stated. Those checks included two on Feb. 8 in the amounts of $96,695 and $56,224.45; one on Feb. 9 for $67,080.55; and three on March 9 for $42,695, $14,755, and $45,000, Adkins stated.

In addition, Adkins stated, in May investigators learned that Ameripawn had re-issued to the widow $118,755.55 for silver and platinum bars and jewelry which the Bostics had pawned there.

The Bostics had argued, in seeking a lower bond, that they have health issues. Judge Harper, in response, noted in her order that, should the Bostics fail to bond out, their medical appointments will be the responsibility of jail personnel.

The Bostics are scheduled to go to trail on March 25.



Posted 11/16/2012