Collier County sheriff’s deputies responded to calls of a distraction theft at Neil’s Jewelry and Change on Path Boulevard in North Naples on Feb. 28. (Video courtesy Collier County Sheriff’s Workplace)

A Romanian nationwide who authorities assume 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 jewellery valued at greater than $thirteen,000 from Neil’s Jewelry and Trade in North 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 out there Wednesday afternoon.

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

Collier deputies reported they responded to calls a few distraction theft on the North Naples jewellery retailer Feb. 28. 

About 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 felony grievance states. The chains have been valued at $thirteen,056.

The person initially gave the workers $three,000 and 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, based on the grievance.

In March, detectives launched video of the crime recorded on the shop’s surveillance 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 advised 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 line 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 video, in accordance 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, in response to the Sheriff’s Workplace….