Lakeland police today announced the arrest of a man who they say pawned jewelry that had been stolen from David and Edie Yates Henderson’s house on the day they were murdered last week.

Jarvis Collins, 37, of 2498 Chestnut Woods Drive, was arrested Friday and charged with six felonies involving being an accessory after the fact of a first-degree felony, tampering with physical evidence, and dealing in stolen property, police said.

Investigators discovered Collins had pawned the Hendersons’ jewelry at two local pawn shops on Nov. 11, the day after their bodies were discovered in their Lake Morton home, police said.

Collins told deputies that the jewelry was given to him by Marcelle Waldon, who is charged with first-degree murder in the two deaths, police said. He also said he was aware at the time that Waldon was a suspect in the Hendersons’ homicide and that the items were stolen from their house, according to police.

Documents from the two pawn shops list Collins as the person who pawned the jewelry, police said.

Collins was taken to the Polk County Jail, where he awaits first appearance before a judge.

Police say Waldon entered the Henderson home on Lake Morton Drive through an unlocked door on the morning of Nov. 10 in what police describe as a random attack.

The couple were well-known in the community — Edie as a Lakeland city commissioner for 12 years and head of a CPA/financial planning firm and David as a lawyer-turned-commercial-developer.

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