Medford Square store CTC Gold Refinery accused of selling stolen goods

Matthew Reid
CTC Gold Refinery, located at 6 Salem St., in Medford Square, is facing its license being revoked after owner Aleksandr Yeghiyan was arrested for selling stolen goods. Wicked Local Photo / Matthew Reid

Medford city officials will soon decide the fate of a Salem Street business accused of knowingly selling stolen goods and failing to keep proper records of transactions.

The Medford City Council, at its July 15 meeting, heard from City Solicitor Mark Rumley in regards to a show cause hearing relative to violations of city ordinances charged against Aleksandr Yeghiyan and his CTC Gold Refinery business, located at 6 Salem St.

A month-long investigation by the Medford Police Department led to the arrest of Yeghiyan on Friday, May 23, on charges of receiving stolen property over $250 and misleading a police investigation.

Rumley went before the council to recommend CTC Gold Refinery’s secondhand dealers license be revoked in connection with the charges. He presented councilors with a five-page memorandum outlining the timeline of events that led to the issuance of a search warrant for the business and the Yeghiyan’s subsequent arrest.

Rumley and Yeghiyan’s attorney, Peter Marano, were both present for the July 15 meeting, and the city solicitor urged the council to delay the show cause hearing — which could lead to CTC’s license being revoked — due to the fact that Marano had not had ample time to look over all information regarding the case.

"We had discussions as the council meeting began, and because Attorney Marano is just receiving some documentation that I’ve compiled on this matter, and in fairness to him, we ... would ask [the City Council] that this matter go over to a date in September at a council meeting or even another date which would be more convenient outside of a regular council meeting," Rumley said.

Rumley added Yeghiyan had agreed through his attorney to suspend all second-hand operations through the date of the hearing.

Timeline of events

The memorandum states this past spring, Medford residents Fabian and Alison Gallon noticed jewelry had gone missing from their Woburn Street home. Alison Gallon then visited local secondhand establishments in an attempt to locate the items.

On Saturday, May 3, Gallon visited CTC Gold Refinery, where she identified jewelry she believed belonged to her. She contacted the Medford Police Department and spoke to Detective David Rooney.

While at CTC Gold Refinery, Gallon pointed out to Rooney an emerald pendant and matching earrings she believed were stolen from her home.

Gallon proceeded to ask Yeghiyan where he had obtained the items, and he reportedly said he had bought them from a catalog.

"[Yeghiyan] looked through the catalog, but could not find the jewelry that matched those pieces," the memorandum reads. "[He] then changed his story and said that an older woman had sold him the jewelry approximately three to four months ago."

Gallon disputed Yeghiyan’s claims, saying the jewelry had been made in Columbia for her by her husband and she had been in possession of the pieces during the time frame Yeghiyan claimed to have obtained them.

Before leaving the store, Yeghiyan informed police he did not have any paperwork for any of the transactions pertaining to the jewelry, saying he throws out paperwork after 21 days. He then returned the items to Gallon.

Several days later, Rooney returned to the store to further question Yeghiyan. He said he believed the jewelry came into the store when a woman named "Galina" had worked there. He said he could not remember Galina’s last name and he was forced to, "fire her because she was unethical."

The employee, later identified as Galina Mishina, told police in a subsequent interview she had known Yeghiyan for more than a year. When shown a photograph of the jewelry, she said she had no specific recollection of purchasing any of the pieces.

Rooney then interviewed Alison Gallon on May 13, discussing a person who lives in the neighborhood and had been a frequent visitor to the Gallon home. A day later police heard from a neighbor of the Gallons that jewelry had been missing from their home as well.

A relative who lives in the second home then confessed to stealing the jewelry.

Medford Police Officer Charles Hartnett interviewed the suspect — who was not identified by name in the memorandum — and the suspect admitted to stealing jewelry from his residence and the Gallon home and then selling it to CTC Gold Refinery.

"He said that he never filled out any paperwork and that he was never required to provide any identification," the memorandum reads.

It later states the gold was sold specifically to Yeghiyan, which led to a search warrant being issued from the Somerville District Court for CTC Gold Refinery.

Yeghiyan was arrested a day later, following a search of the business by the Medford Police Detective Division.

On June 4, the Gallons met with Sgt. John Buckley and identified additional items of jewelry that were taken following the search of the business.

Ordinance violations

According to section 14-141(a) of Medford’s city ordinances, a violation of the "secondhand dealers" ordinance by a person who helps own, manage or operate a secondhand dealer or secondhand collector business may be grounds to revoke any license issued to that business. The city is seeking such action against Yeghiyan and his business.

"The evidence is clear that the actions and failure to act by CTC Gold Refinery and/or its owner ... are in direct violation or at least two provisions of the secondhand license ordinance," the memorandum reads.

The first violation listed in the memorandum relates to the failure of CTC Gold Refinery to document sales as stated in the "recordkeeping" section of the secondhand license ordinance.

The ordinance states identification must be obtained from a seller before property is sold, and a purchase report form must be filled out with the seller’s signature included.

The second violation relates to the failure of CTC Gold Refinery to keep adequate records of their transactions as stated in the "holding periods" section of the secondhand license ordinance. The ordinance states a copy of every purchase report form must be kept on the premises of the dealer for at least three years from the purchase date.

"For all the reasons set forth in this memorandum, along with the documents and testimony entered in this matter ... the Medford Police Department respectfully requests that the Medford City Council revoke the Secondhand Articles License originally granted to CTC Gold Refinery on June 22, 2010 and later renewed," the memorandum reads.