A sleight-of-hand jewellery heist. A social media submit seen ‘around the globe. An organized crime group. A crime analyst tipster.

All roads converged in Collier County. 

A suspected thief accused of creating off with $thirteen,000 in jewellery from a North Naples retailer in February was arrested by federal brokers in California this month and now awaits extradition to Collier County.

Collier County sheriff’s deputies responded to calls of a distraction theft at Neil’s Jewelry and Trade on Path Boulevard in North Naples on Feb. 28. 

Officers stated a person went into the shop, requested to purchase a number of gadgets and requested the workers to bag a number of the gadgets. Whereas the shop staff have been distracted, the person eliminated the jewellery from the bag, in line with the Sheriff’s Workplace. The person informed staff he was brief on money and wanted to go to a financial institution for extra.

The person by no means got here again with cash and as an alternative left the shop with $thirteen,000 value of knickknack, officers stated.

In March, detectives launched surveillance video of the crime captured on the shop’s cameras together with particulars of the crime on the company’s 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.

A criminal offense analyst from the UK who noticed the video contacted the Sheriff’s Workplace to determine the suspect.

The analyst recognized the person as Nikolae Anghel, who was a part of an organized crime group recognized for committing distraction thefts in Romania and the UK, in accordance with the Sheriff’s Workplace.

The crime analyst had just lately tracked the group’s motion to the USA, officers stated.

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

On June 29, detectives secured an arrest warrant for Anghel to incorporate nationwide extradition on costs of grand theft, based on the Sheriff’s Workplace. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement 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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