Columbia Police Department (CPD) Investigators have charged a local jeweler after he allegedly bought merchandise without a permit.
Gregory Wayne Gibson (DOB: 5-12-1958) is charged with Fifteen Counts of Precious Metals, Violations by Dealer – First Offense (SC Code of Law: 40-54-0020).
Gibson, owner of Gibson Jewelers, Inc. on Rosewood Drive is accused of purchasing more than $149,000 worth of jewelry (gold, silver, precious metals and stones) from a suspect (see below) in September 2017. Gibson’s precious metals permit, allowing him to purchase such items, expired in September 2015.
During the course of the investigation, it was determined that the merchandise was stolen during several home burglaries in the Lake Katherine and Old Woodlands area in mid-August to early September 2017.
As a result, William Curtis Young (DOB: 7-24-1977) has been previously charged with Seven Counts of Burglary-First, Five Counts of Receiving Stolen Goods, and Grand Larceny.
A majority of the stolen items have been recovered by CPD.
At this time, Investigators are working to determine if Gibson knew the merchandise was stolen when he purchased the items.
Gibson and Young were booked at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center (ASGDC).
All persons arrested/charged are presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty in a court of law.