NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — An executive at jewelry maker Alex and Ani has to pay about $15,000 to the owners of two Jet Skis he and other people took without permission and damaged earlier this month.
Ryan Bonifacino, who's chief marketing officer and a senior vice president at the Cranston-based company, was ordered to pay restitution and other costs after pleading no contest Friday in Newport District Court to misappropriation of a boat.
Jamestown police allege Bonifacino, of New York, broke into a house and threw a party. Police say Bonifacino and three other people took two Jet Skis belonging to a neighbor. One Jet Ski crashed into a rock, and the other also was damaged.
Jamestown police Chief Edward Mello said the homeowner declined to press charges against Bonifacino but it was clear to police that he was there without the homeowner's permission. He said the homeowner and Bonifacino have a mutual friend.
But defense attorney John Grasso said Bonifacino knew the homeowner and didn't break into the house. He said the Jet Skis were docked with the keys in the ignition when Bonifacino took them.
Grasso said he doesn't know whether Bonifacino knew the Jet Skis belonged to the neighbors.
Alex and Ani, which creates eco-conscious jewelry and accessories such as bangles, necklaces and earrings, will not pursue any action because the case has been resolved, a spokeswoman said.