Larger islamic connection? Bizarre jewelry theft ends in big arrest

Updated: Thursday, February 26 2015, 05:20 PM EST

Victor, N.Y. – Investigators arrested a Central New York man after an investigation found he had been using stolen credit card accounts to purchase more than $200,000 in jewelry.

Deputies say on February 11, 33-year-old Rahkeim Scarlett of Troy purchased a Rolex watch and diamond earrings for roughly $29,000. Before Scarlett could leave the store with his purchase, it was determined that he was using a cloned credit card with the numbers of a stolen credit card account.

Ontario County Sheriff’s deputies say Scarlett ran out of the store and hid in snow banks by Eastview Mall, but was eventually discovered and taken into custody.

After his arrest, Scarlett was reportedly found to have additional high-value jewelry items purchased using cloned credit cards in other counties throughout Eastern and Central New York.

One of those items was a large diamond ring, which Scarlett swallowed while in custody, according to deputies. The diamond was recovered several days later after passing through his digestive system.

Scarlett is accused of purchasing more than $200,000 in jewelry in Albany, Oneida, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Onondaga counties. The U.S. Secret Service is also investigating the cases.

He was arraigned on charges of identity theft, forgery, and grand larceny in Canandaigua City Court and remanded to Ontario County Jail with no bail.

More charges are pending.

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