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Lexington Realtor charged with theft, tampering with evidence, court records say

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A Lexington Realtor is accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and later destroying it in an attempt to keep it from being identified, according to court records.

Glenn Boadley “Bo” Howell III, 38, was arrested Friday and charged with theft by unlawful taking under $10,000 and tampering with physical evidence, according to Lexington police. Howell was lodged in the Fayette County jail but was later released after paying $3,500 in partially secured bonds.

Howell had no comment when contacted Wednesday and referred questions to his attorney, Edward Thompson. “The allegations are actually very vague at this point, so at this point I just really have no comment,” Thompson said.

Howell has been a licensed Realtor since 2004. He had been affiliated with Bluegrass Sotheby’s International Realty in Lexington but is no longer listed on that company’s website.

A uniform citation filed in district court says Howell “unlawfully exercised control over the movable property of another with the intent to deprive the owner thereof.”

The citation goes on to say that Howell, “believing that an official proceeding is pending, destroyed and altered physical evidence to impair its verity or availability in a future proceeding.”

The evidence was “thousands of dollars of jewelry” that was allegedly stolen and sold by Howell. “The jewelry was later found destroyed, in an attempt to keep it from being identified,” the citation says.

The citation doesn’t identify the victim of the theft but lists that person as an “acquaintance.”

Howell, former president of the Lexington Young Professionals Association, pleaded not guilty Monday in Fayette District Court. His next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 16.

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