In CHICAGO, A man was arrested for stealing nearly $160,000 worth of diamonds from a Chicago jewelry shop used a sleight of hand to pull off a theft not discovered for days, police said.
And they say that he’s done it before in other cities over the past ten years, which is a trade magazine for the sending of a “silent alarm” that urged retailers to “stop reading right now and go count your diamonds,” the Chicago Tribune reported .
Tamaz Hubel, 67, of Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, was on Sunday arrested while trying to board a plane to France from Miami-Dade International Airport. He is being held in Florida until an extradition hearing scheduled for July 10.
The Associated Press has not established that a lawyer who can respond to Hubel process.
According to a police report, Hubel entered the store along Chicago’s Jewelers Row district of downtown earlier this month during the receptionist was. He spoke in a thick accent, introducing himself as Henry of Canada and telling a seller that he was shopping for his boss in Russia.
In a private room, the seller opened a box of diamonds that are individually wrapped in a fabric.
The man drew a personal price list of a briefcase, covered the box and picked up two diamonds — 2 carats for a value of approximately $26,000 and a 4 carats valued at about $133,000, while the seller was not looking. The police says he replaced the wrapped diamonds with empty wrappers.
The theft was not discovered until four days later. It was almost two weeks before Hubel was taken into custody on an arrest warrant.
Chicago police said they tracked and arrested Hubel with the assistance of the Miami-Dade police, the Department of Homeland Security and Customs and border control.
The authorities say that Hubel is accused in four other robberies, including three in Belgium and one in New York City in 2010. The diamonds he is suspected of stealing ranged in value from $4,500 to more than $130,000.
Hubel used the same method in each robbery, police say.
The Chicago police have not said whether they have recovered from the diamonds taken in the latest heist.
Public records and court documents show Hubel was born in the country of Georgia and is made use of two last names, the Tribune reported. He has a passport from the U.S. and Israel, and the data indicates he lived in New York and Florida.
The warrant for his arrest lists Hubel the profession of a jeweler.