HARTFORD, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) – The theft of a custom-made medallion featuring the likeness of popular Disney character Scrooge McDuck helped Hartford police track down two suspects in a recent murder.
Detectives with the Major Crimes Division learned while investigating the murder of 25-year-old Miguel Rodriguez that the deceased was missing a piece of custom-made jewelry he usually wore around his neck.
According to the Hartford Courant, the medallion, along with a gold chain, were found in a local, unnamed second-hand jewelry shop. The store was able to provide authorities with the name and photograph of the person who sold it to them.
The paper learned that 21-year-old Tyquan Turner and 22-year-old Lorenza Christian, both of Hartford, were then subsequently tied to the shooting of Rodriguez, who had first been found July 13 with several gunshot wounds in his body.
The pair was reportedly not hard to locate – they were said to have already been incarcerated on other, unrelated charges when the evidence against them in Rodriguez’s murder came together.
Officer Pam Stevens told the Courant that new regulations concerning the governing of pawn shops allowed them to crack the case.
Turner is now facing murder, conspiracy and weapons charges, while Christian is facing one charge of conspiracy to commit murder, the paper learned.