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 August 11th, 2011  
St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara announces arrest of north-St. Lucie County man who snatched 3 gold necklaces worth more than $30,000 from the neck of his victim
The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office has arrested a 24-year-old north-St. Lucie County man for snatching three valuable gold necklaces from the neck of an acquaintance at her north-county home, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

"Jason Edward Stevens, of 6702 Miramar Drive, is charged with robbery by sudden snatching," Sheriff Mascara said. "He admitted to investigators that he stole the necklaces, worth more than $30,000, to feed his drug habit."

The Sheriff said: "We are seeing more and more criminal acts resulting from drug addiction. This is a serious problem in our county, on the Treasure Coast, throughout the State of Florida and all over this country."

Detectives said Stevens went to the 4305 Redwood Drive home of Maria Everhart Wednesday and asked to borrow $25. She said he is a "friend of a friend" who occasionally borrows money from her to care for a sick child.

When Everhart refused to give Stevens any money, he said, "You have something on your neck," reached out and snapped three gold chains off her neck, she told detectives.

Investigators caught up with Stevens a short time later, and read him is Constitutional rights against self-incrimination. He then admitted taking the necklaces from Everhart and said he intended to sell them to get money for drugs, Sheriff Mascara said.

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