FOXBORO — A local man who pawned antique coins stolen from the home of Rob Gronkowski while the star New England Patriot tight end was away to play in the Super Bowl has been placed on probation.
Eric J. Tyrrell of Hillcrest Village apartments pleaded guilty last week in Dedham Superior Court to two counts of receiving stolen property, according to a spokesman for the Norfolk County District Attorney’s office on Tuesday.
He was placed on two years probation by Judge Robert Gosgrove, who followed the recommendation of the prosecution and defense.
Tyrrell was ordered to stay away from Gronkowski’s Foxboro home and from the victim, who was one of Gronkowski’s housemates, according to court records.
Tyrrell was 28 at the time of the Feb. 4, 2018 break-in and was not charged with that crime. After his arrest last year, his lawyer said Tyrrell did not know the coins — an 1879 silver dollar proof and an 1896 silver dollar proof — were stolen.
He was linked to them through his identification, which he gave to employees at a Weymouth coin shop when he sold them for $3,550 on two different days, according to court records.
The coins were recovered by police. Tyrrell, police said, claimed the coins belonged to his father.
Cases against two other men indicted for the break-in are still pending.