CORAL SPRINGS, FL – An NYPD Medal of Valor belonging to the family of a late Coral Springs police officer. A handgun. JP Taravella High School class ring. And a police vest.
These were among the items allegedly pawned without permission late last year by a 35-year-old woman who was arrested in Coral Springs last week, a police report said.
Ashley Gorgone got the attention of a Coral Springs police officer after searching Broward Sheriff’s Office pawn shop records in December and finding Gorgone to be “Top Pawner” making $4,241 at pawn shops in cities including Pompano Beach, Margate, and Coral Springs, the report said.
Upon reviewing items pawned by Gorgone, investigators found an NYPD Medal of Valor with the inscription of “Patrolman Robert Behan,” the report said.
Behan died last year after working four decades at Coral Springs Police Department.
After speaking with Behan’s wife, Anna Behan, investigators learned the medal belonged to Behan’s father and it was a family heirloom, the report said. Gorgone is Anna Behan’s daughter and lives with her.
The family paid $500 to get the medal back from the pawn shop, the report said.
As investigators looked closer at the pawn shop sales records, they found out Gorgone pawned a 1911 STI International Handgun and received $500 for it, the report said. The gun belongs to Gorgone’s brother.
According to the report, Gorgone also sold a Taravela class ring at a pawn shop. The ring belongs to an old friend of Gorgone.
In addition, police tracked the sale of Behan’s Gator Hawk police vest with his name affixed to the vest back to Gorgone, who got $30 for the sale. The vest belongs to the Coral Springs Police Department.
Gorgone told investigators she pawned the items because she didn’t have a job.
Police took her into custody after a traffic stop, during which they determined she was driving with a suspended license, the report said.
Among the charges Gorgone faces include four counts of false ownership information for pawned items and four counts of dealing in stolen property (felony).
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