Court docs: Homeless James City charged with 16 counts in trespassing, larceny incidents

Staff Writer

A James City County man has been charged in connection with a series of trespassing incidents and larcenies throughout York County.

Giovanni Elijah Martone, 21, has been charged with four misdemeanor counts of trespassing, four misdemeanor counts of interfering with the property rights of another person, two misdemeanor counts of petit larceny and four felony counts of grand larceny, according to York-Poquoson General District Court filings.

On Oct. 12, 2017, Martone’s girlfriend’s mother called the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office to report jewelry was stolen from her home while she was in jail, court documents stated. One piece of stolen jewelry was recovered with a letter signed “Giovanni” on the woman’s doorstep.

In November 2017, the victim told sheriff’s office deputies Martone and her daughter were squatting in a house on Oriana Road, according to the filings. The owner of the home never gave Martone or anyone else permission to live in the home.

Sheriff’s office deputies visited the home and found Martone and Samantha Denoy there, court documents said. Denoy told the officers her boyfriend had stolen her mother’s jewelry.

Martone told the officers he sold the jewelry through his cell phone so he could buy marijuana and have cash on hand, according to the filings. He said he received about $50 for the jewelry valued at $750.

In December 2017, Martone was found trying to jump out of a home’s window in York County, court documents said. Deputies took him into custody on other outstanding warrants and the homeowner asked to press charges for trespassing.

Deputies also received information that Martone had trespassed at a home in the Coventry area of York County, according to the filings. Martone told deputies he stayed at the home for seven days and the homeowner in that case also pressed charges.

Additionally, Martone was charged with petit larceny and grand larceny for allegedly stealing four cellphones from four different victims and jewelry from two different victims.

Martone was served arrest warrants on Dec. 13 at 5:37 p.m. — more than eight months after he was charged with the crimes, according to court filings.

Martone was transported to and booked at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail, according to jail records.

If convicted to the maximum extent of the law, Martone faces 92 years behind bars, according to the Virginia Code. Each misdemeanor charge carries a maximum penalty of one-year imprisonment and $2,500 in fines. Each felony grand larceny charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment.

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