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Suspect Charged in 3 Jewelry Heists; $177K in Rings and Diamonds

Three times in the span of nine days last fall, a man wearing a black Lacoste brand beanie hat stole from three separate New Jersey jewelry stores and fled in a black BMW sedan.

It was that beanie hat and the gold watch with the black face he wore during at least two of the incidents that helped police identify him on a social media page, according to court documents.

On Wednesday, US Marshals took 22-year-old Michael Larbi of Dover into custody, the Evesham Police Department in New Jersey announced. As of Thursday night, Larbi was in the custody of the Delaware Department of Correction, and the process to extradite him to New Jersey was underway Friday.

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Evesham police said in a press release Thursday that Larbi stole about $77,000 worth of jewelry from Billig Jewelers in Marlton, New Jersey, on the afternoon of October 28. During their investigation into that incident, detectives found evidence that someone fitting the same description was connected with robberies in five other jurisdictions between New Jersey and Pennsylvania. A task force was created to identify and apprehend him.

An Evesham detective determined that a similar theft occurred on three occasions in Maryland, police said. Physical evidence was recovered from one of the incidents in Maryland, which led to a break in the cases in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

A warrant was issued for Larbi on January 22, and he was taken into custody Wednesday…    Delaware Online

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