Investigators recovered $1 million worth of gold and diamond jewelry stolen from an airline warehouse, and arrested two people, including the courier who originally delivered the jewelry, The Associated Press reports.
Mercedes Orlando Orozco and Felix A. Ordonez were arrested after Ordonez tried to sell the rings, bracelets, necklaces and other pieces to an undercover Miami-Dade police detective for $500,000, Broward Sheriff Ken Jenne reportedly said Thursday.
Ordonez reportedly confessed and told investigators his accomplice was Orozco, the armed courier who delivered the jewelry to the Delta Air Logistics warehouse at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on March 7. They were reportedly arrested Wednesday.
Both men, who had their first court appearance Thursday, were being held without bond at the federal detention center in Miami, the AP reports.
Ordonez is charged with theft of interstate shipment, possession of stolen property and dealing in stolen property. Orozco’s charges are conspiracy and theft of interstate shipment.
The federal, state and local investigators who worked together on the case are looking for at least one more suspect, Jenne said.
Ordonez, 29, and Orozco, 53, hatched the plot several weeks ago, investigators reportedly said. Orozco, a driver for Ferrari Express Inc., picked up the diamonds in Miami on Sunday and brought them to the Delta warehouse. Moments after he made the delivery and left, an unidentified man picked up the bags, ran to a waiting car and disappeared. That man is still at large and has not been identified.
Deputies found the car abandoned a few blocks away.
The sheriff’s office will hold on to the diamonds during the legal proceedings, but, eventually, the jewels, which were originally from India, will be on their way to distributors in New York.