Jeweler caught after 18 years on run

September 23, 2008 2:36:20 PM PDT
A jeweler accused of stealing as much as $35,000 in loose diamonds from a suburban Westchester County jewelry store 18 years ago is now in custody.Westchester police say the jeweler from the former Soviet Union was arrested last week trying to cross the U.S.-Canadian border to Buffalo with a forged Israeli passport.

The jeweler had been living in New York City in late 1989 when Westchester police issued a warrant accusing him of stealing the diamonds from a Yorktown jeweler. He allegedly committed similar crimes in Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Ohio before becoming a fugitive in 1990.

The jeweler is being held without bail at the Westchester County jail on a felony grand larceny charge.

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