Officials at Zion Bible College in Bradford say they are "saddened" by the arrest of a former student who is charged with selling stolen jewelry.

Ruston Prothro, 28, was enrolled for the fall semester but withdrew, according to a written statement released by the college. On Thursday, Prothro appeared in Haverhill District Court to answer to charges that he received stolen property — $6,000 in jewelry stolen from several homes near the school — and pawned it.

"For the past two years our students have lived and worked in the Haverhill community, and we have been pleased by the positive feedback we have received from local businesses and residents. It has been and remains our desire to be good neighbors, and we pledge to continue to be an asset to Haverhill and the surrounding communities in the years to come."

According to the statement, delivered to The Haverhill Gazette by spokesman Patrick Gallagher, Prothro was married and lived off campus during the time he was a student. According to police, Prothro gave his address as 20 Cumberland Ave.

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