Jewel Thief Busted After Posting Photos Online - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Jewel Thief Busted After Posting Photos Online

Posted: Updated:

YAHOO.COM - A thief who stole over $100,000 worth of diamonds and pearls from a jeweler in Manchester, Britain, has been caught by police after he posted pictures of himself vacationing in Brazil and shopping on the streets on London.

Charles Rodriguez, 31, is a Colombian man who police believe is a member of the crime gang the Latin Kings. In October 2011, along with another man, he allegedly beat a jeweler who had been returning from a sales trip.

The two stole the keys to his car and opened his trunk, then made off with two briefcases containing diamonds and pearls worth more than £80,000, according to Manchester City Police.

Investigators combed CCTV footage, which allegedly revealed that Rodriguez had followed the man prior to the attack. Investigators also searched telecommunications and social media, which indicated he left the U.K. with a false passport for a vacation to Rio de Janeiro, then headed to Colombia, investigators said.

Police said his Facebook page was "littered with pictures" of his trip to Rio.

"Rodriguez's arrogance was astonishing. After committing an appalling attack on a jeweler trader, he fled the country to his native Colombia where he knew he could not be extradited," Detective Sergeant Roger Smethurst said in a statement. "However, his lack of remorse was evident by the fact he brazenly posted sightseeing pictures from Brazil - at a time when he was on the run - on his Facebook page."

Though the Manchester police were aware of Rodriguez's whereabouts, Colombia is a non-extradition country for the U.K. Investigators had to bide their time, waiting for him to slip up.

In 2012 he reentered the U.K. with a false passport. He even posted photos of himself Christmas shopping and sightseeing around London. Rodriguez was stopped by London police for driving suspiciously. Though he faked his name, fingerprinting revealed his identity.

"Rodriguez must have thought he was above the law and untouchable because even when he finally returned to the UK, knowing he was still wanted, he still posted pictures of himself Christmas shopping in London on his Facebook page," Smethurst said.

Rodriguez pleaded guilty to robbery at a hearing this week. He has been ordered to serve five years and four months in jail.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • INCREDIBLE drone video shows fire destruction over Pateros/Brewster

    INCREDIBLE drone video shows fire destruction over Pateros/Brewster

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:51 AM EDT2014-07-22 13:51:52 GMT
    KHQ.COM - Chelan HD Productions has given us permission to show this incredible video they shot with a drone surveying the damage done from the Carlton Complex Fire in the areas of Brewster and Pateros. This video is truly jaw dropping and really shows the level of destruction from the fire.>>
    KHQ.COM - Chelan HD Productions has given us permission to show this incredible video they shot with a drone surveying the damage done from the Carlton Complex Fire in the areas of Brewster and Pateros. This video is truly jaw dropping and really shows the level of destruction from the fire.>>
  • 10 Cheapest Houses For Sale In Spokane

    10 Cheapest Houses For Sale In Spokane

    Wednesday, November 27 2013 2:35 AM EST2013-11-27 07:35:08 GMT
    Whether you are in the market for an affordable place to live or are in the business of flipping houses, here are the 10 cheapest homes for sale in Spokane according to AllSpokaneHomes.com.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Whether you are in the market for an affordable place to live or are in the business of flipping houses, here are the 10 cheapest homes for sale in Spokane according to AllSpokaneHomes.com. Yes, they all need some work and some need a lot more than others, but when your mortgage payment is around the $200/month range there's at least something to stay positive about.>>
  • Deputies searching for man after attempted child luring in Post Falls

    Deputies searching for man after attempted child luring in Post Falls

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:54 AM EDT2014-07-23 15:54:23 GMT
    KHQ.COM- The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office needs your help tracking down a man who tried to lure a young child away from their home. Deputies said the enticing attempt happened around 4 p.m. Tuesday in Post Falls.According to the sheriff's office, a man approached a 6-year-old child that was playing in the driveway of a home near S. Pine Ct. The man tried to lure the child away by asking for help looking for lost kittens, and the child's grandmother says the man briefly followed the child ...>>
    KHQ.COM- The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office needs your help tracking down a man who tried to lure a young child away from their home. Deputies said the enticing attempt happened around 4 p.m. Tuesday in Post Falls.According to the sheriff's office, a man approached a 6-year-old child that was playing in the driveway of a home near S. Pine Ct. The man tried to lure the child away by asking for help looking for lost kittens, and the child's grandmother says the man briefly followed the child ...>>