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Newburgh Man Charged In Hugging Bandit Case

Police in Nutley have made an arrest in connection with a theft-by-distraction of a 71-year-old man's jewelry.
Police in Nutley have made an arrest in connection with a theft-by-distraction of a 71-year-old man's jewelry. Photo Credit: File

A Newburgh man has been arrested in connection with the theft of jewelry from a 71-year-old in Nutley, New Jersey 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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