A Newburgh, New York man has been arrested in connection with the theft of jewelry from a 71-year-old man in Nutley in which the perpetrators used sleight-of-hand to distract the victim, police said.
On Aug. 11, a Chevy Tahoe pulled up next to the victim as he walked on Passaic Avenue. A number of people were in the vehicle, including a man who draped the victim in gold-replica rings and necklaces. A woman also hugged the victim before they drove off, taking with them jewelry from the victim worth about $1,000.
Using vehicle information from a rental agency, police identified Ovidiu Miclescu, 28, as a suspect. He was arrested in Woodbridge. He has been charged with theft and conspiracy.
Another suspect, Miclescu's wife Tilora Miclescu, is still at large. A warrant has been issued for her arrest.
Other agencies are also trying to determine if Miclescu has been involved in crimes in their communities, police also said.
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