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Globe-trotting jewelry thief finally arrested after ‘Oceans 11’-style diamond ring stolen in New York

Globe-trotting jewelry thief finally arrested after ‘Oceans 11’-style diamond ring stolen in New York

A globe-trotting jewel thief was arrested after a Oceans-11 style diamond ring theft in New York.

Yaorong Wan, 49, was arrested Friday in Queens after allegedly stealing $300,000 worth of rings from Cartier and Tiffany stores in Manhattan.

The arrest ended Wan’s years-long criminal career, which took him halfway around the world, from South Korea to Beverly Hills, according to THE new York Job.

His string of thefts began in September 2018 when he stole a diamond ring worth $330,000 from a Tiffany’s store in Seoul, the criminal complaint states. Last December, he allegedly stole a diamond ring worth $48,000 and a $10,000 watch from a Cartier store in Beverly Hills. the New York Post said.

Wan struck again in New York last March, stealing a diamond ring worth $255,000 from Tiffany’s. Court documents allege he managed to replace the diamond ring with another without the saleswoman noticing after entering the store at 3 p.m. on March 4 and asking the woman behind the counter about several pieces of jewelry .

The assistant laid out some jewelry and Wan allegedly retrieved the ring worth $255,000 and examined it before leaving the store, according to a criminal complaint. Only the ring he returned to the assistant was not the same one the employee gave him, the store later discovered.

Wan had replaced the diamond ring with a fake cubic zirconia stone set in 18-karat white gold, the complaint states.

Yaorong Wan, 49, of Queens, was arrested in Manhattan after a series of jewelry thefts (Manhattan District Attorney’s Office )

When investigators watched surveillance footage from that day, they saw the defendant examine the original ring — a natural diamond set in engraved platinum — then slip it into his palm in a sleight of hand, before to get rid of the fake.

Store employees said they photographed the fake the next day and noticed that it had no engraving or hallmarks.

Wan allegedly pulled a similar trick at a Cartier store in New York eight days later. Wan allegedly entered around 1:30 p.m. and asked to look at two engagement rings and two watches, investigators said. The employee handed her the diamond rings, then became distracted, according to the complaint.

Wan allegedly returned one of the rings, but slipped the other, worth about $25,000, into his pocket before leaving. He then went to Miami, the New York Post reported, where he allegedly stole a watch worth $16,000 from a Cartier store on March 24.

The criminal complaint alleges that Wan also stole two watches, worth a total of $17,000, from the Hermes boutique at the American Dream Mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey, as well as a watch from London Jewelers in Manhasset, Long Island, last month.

In the Long Island case, investigators say Wan was browsing watches when he slipped a Chopard watch into his left jacket pocket. He then walked past the registers and left, according to the complaint.

When he was arrested, Wan allegedly stole three watches in Manhasset and New Jersey, along with the fake stones he used to trade in with the legitimate pieces, according to police.

He pleaded not guilty during his arraignment Saturday in Manhattan Criminal Court, according to online court records.