Police: Antiques Dealer Bought Stolen Goods

Police say the Naugatuck store owner doesn't have a license to purchase or sell jewelry or precious metals.


The owner of a small antiques shop downtown is accused of buying stolen property that he tried to sell in his store.

Sebastian “Joe” Gibilsco,” 66, of 233 Chipper Road, Waterbury, was arrested by Naugatuck police as part of an ongoing investigation into burglaries in several towns. Police said they have electronic surveillance showing Gibilsco paying cash for jewelry, a silver pocket watch, which was traced back to a burglary reported in Middlebury.

Gibilsco owns Joe's Antiques at 160 Church St. Police say he does not have a valid permit to purchase or sell jewelry or precious metals. The store has a "going out of business" sign in the window.

Police say their investigation is into burglaries that have occurred over the past 10 months in Middlebury, Middletown and other communities along Route 8, Interstate 84 and Interstate 95 corridors. Police are trying to determine whether Gibilsco has any connection to other burglaries, which are still under investigation.

Gibilsco was charged with sixth-degree larceny, second-degree false statement: fraudulent intent, receiving property without proof of identification, failure to maintain a record keeping system and paying for property in cash.

He was released on a $5,000 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear in Waterbury Court on Dec. 12.

Police ask that anyone with information regarding this incident or other thefts to call Detective Jack DeOliveira at the Naugatuck Police Department’s Detective Bureau at (203) 729-7106.

Heather December 04, 2012 at 05:42 PM
I have to say I was in this store once and something seemed weird about the guy...smoking in the store and just very weird. How did that type of man get into our downtown? I know we are trying to make naugatuck better, maybe we need a better screening process for business and people who purchase or rent property and their intentions with it. Are they licensed as it is interesting this guy was not
John December 04, 2012 at 07:38 PM
The crime was not that he used cash for a transaction. It was that he used cash to purchase jewelry or precious metals with the intent to resell. If you are a dealer or reseller you are required to be permitted or it is a crime. And from what he is being charged with, he also was not obtaining any of the information he was supposed to from the people he purchased the property from. Sounds like a place where warm jewelery was moved...
Paul Singley December 04, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Hi Nick. Here is the statute link http://cga.ct.gov/2011/sum/2011SUM00100-R02HB-05795-SUM.htm and here is the specific language from the statute that police are alleging he violated: §§ 5(b), 11(e),(f) — Payment by Check, Draft, or Money Order The act requires any check, draft, or money order a pawnbroker uses to pay for property he or she receives to contain the same identification numbers the pawnbroker includes in his or her record-keeping system. The pawnbroker must keep the electronic copy of any check or other record issued by the financial institution that processes it. The copy is subject to inspection as part of the pawnbroker's record-keeping system. The law requires pawnbrokers to make payments only by check, draft, or money order, rather than cash. However, a pawnbroker can cash a check, draft, or money order he or she issues to a person. The act prohibits pawnbrokers from cashing any check, draft, or money order it issues over $1,000 and prohibits a person from structuring his or her transactions to avoid this limit. Any transaction between a pawnbroker and the same party within a 24-hour period is considered a single transaction for this purpose.
Paul December 05, 2012 at 01:07 PM
I'm going to put my chips down on Joe's antiques probably being in this town longer than you have Heather. the last time I checked... this was a free country, so this screening process "for business and for people who purchase or rent property" is very iron fist... commies would be proud!
chuck January 13, 2013 at 07:10 PM
As soon as this clown is out of Naugatuck the better we'll all be. Store is disgustingly dirty. Nothing redeeming going on there. Anyone going in there needs a scalding shower when back home. Brutal......


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