Crime

Misdemeanor charges against All That Glitters employee are dropped

William Roger McBurney, 56, was arrested Tuesday, June 29, 2010, on suspicion of receiving stolen property. Original story »
William Roger McBurney, 56, was arrested Tuesday, June 29, 2010, on suspicion of receiving stolen property. Original story »

Two charges against a San Luis Obispo jewelry store sales associate have been dropped, according to his lawyer.

Misdemeanor charges of failing to possess a secondhand dealer’s business license were dismissed by Judge Michael Duffy on Monday against William Roger McBurney, said Ilan Funke-Bilu, McBurney’s lawyer.

McBurney, 57, was not responsible for obtaining the secondhand dealer license because he worked as a sales associate at the store All that Glitters in the Madonna Plaza when he was arrested in 2010 on suspicion of receiving stolen property.

The owner or director of the store has the responsibility for licensing, and McBurney’s son, Travis McBurney, is the president of All That Glitters.

Deputy District Attorney Karen Gray has accused McBurney of buying a stolen diamond ring worth more than $20,000 for $204 and a stolen sapphire jewel worth about $3,500 for $132. He continues to face two felony counts of receiving stolen property.

But Funke-Bilu said his client is innocent, and that he expects a full acquittal. “I believe my client will be fully vindicated,” Funke-Bilu said.

Gray and Funke-Bilu are expected to give their closing statements Wednesday afternoon. The trial resumes at 1:30 p.m. in Judge Michael Duffy’s courtroom.

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