February 14, 2000
Antique Jewelry Thief Nabbed in NYC
A thief casually lifted two boxes of jewelry worth more than $600,000 from an armored car while vendors set up for the Miami Beach Antique Show in mid-January. The thief, Todd S. Vulpio, was arrested early last week in New York City, reports the Miami Herald.
Miami Beach detectives said Vulpio apparently knew enough about antique jewelry to know the pieces would be more valuable intact, which may have been his undoing. The stolen pieces included easily-identified pieces from Van Cleef & Arpels and an enamel, gold and platinum women's watch with diamonds and pearls.
An antique jewelry dealer spotted the pieces in a Manhattan jewelry store. The discovery led to Vulpio's arrest. New York City police have recovered about $150,000 worth of the stolen goods, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation has joined the case. Vulpio has been charged with criminal possession of stolen property in the second degree and could face additional charges if he's extradited to Miami.
- by Liz Smutko