A Romanian nationwide who authorities consider is a part of a world theft ring and is accused in a North Naples jewel heist was booked on the Collier County jail this week.

Nikolae Anghel, 25, is accused of stealing greater than $thirteen,000 in jewellery from Neil’s Jewelry and Trade in Naples in February. Federal brokers arrested Anghel in California late final month and extradited him to Collier. A tip from a criminal offense analyst working in the UK led to Anghel’s identification.

A transport firm that contracts with the Sheriff’s Workplace transferred Anghel to the Collier County Jail, the place he was booked Tuesday. Bail info was not obtainable Wednesday afternoon.

In line with an arrest report, Anghel has been positioned on maintain for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Deputies responded to calls a few distraction theft on the North Naples jewellery retailer Feb. 28.

Based on Collier County Sheriff’s Workplace studies, deputies responded to calls a few distraction theft on the North Naples jewellery retailer Feb. 28. 

Round four p.m. Feb 24., a person entered the shop and requested to purchase a number of items of knickknack, in response to courtroom data. The person requested retailer staff to present wrap the jewellery, and whereas they have been distracted, the person pulled 5 gold chains from one of many luggage and put them in his pockets, a legal grievance states. The chains have been valued at $thirteen,056.

The person initially gave the workers $three,000, then stated he would go to the financial institution to withdraw extra money, the grievance states. He took the cash and the hidden necklaces however did not return, in accordance with the grievance.

In March, detectives launched surveillance video of the crime captured on the shop’s cameras together with particulars of the crime on the Sheriff’s Workplace Fb web page. The publish, which officers stated was shared eighty five occasions and reached greater than 24,000 individuals, apparently reached an viewers in Europe.

In April, the Sheriff’s Workplace acquired a Fb message from a United Kingdom crime analyst who recognized the thief as Anghel. The analyst informed officers Anghel was a part of an organized crime group recognized for committing distraction thefts in Romania and the U.Okay. and had been tracked to america, in accordance with the Sheriff’s Workplace.

Deputies discovered Anghel’s Fb web page beneath an alias he was utilizing on-line. The day earlier than the February crime in Collier, Anghel posted a video of himself sporting the identical purple shirt he was seen sporting within the jewellery retailer surveillance footage, in line with the Sheriff’s Workplace. Retailer staff later recognized Anghel in a photograph lineup.

On June 29, detectives secured an arrest warrant for Anghel to incorporate nationwide extradition on fees of grand theft, based on the Sheriff’s Workplace. Federal immigration officers arrested Anghel on July 27 in San Bernardino, California.

On Oct. eleven, ICE acknowledged the warrant and agreed to extradite Anghel to Collier County, officers stated.

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