Worldwide Jewelry Thief Wanted by Interpol Sneaks In Southern Border in San Diego; Arrested In New York City

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Having entered the United States illegally in December 2023 and being granted asylum after being arrested at the border in San Diego, Wan is facing charges of Grand Larceny 3rd degree.
Having entered the United States illegally in December 2023 and being granted asylum after being arrested at the border in San Diego, Yaorong Wan is facing charges of Grand Larceny 3rd degree.

QUEENS, NY – A Flushing man fleeing law enforcement worldwide has been arrested by the Major Case Bureau for a Grand Larceny incident that occurred in Manhasset on Friday, April 19, 2024. Yaorong Wan, aged 49, reportedly entered London Jewelers on Northern Boulevard and used what was described as a deceptive technique to steal a Chopard Watch valued at over $17,000. Following an investigation by the Burglary Pattern Squad Detectives, an Arrest Warrant and Search Warrant were issued by the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office.

The Search Warrant was executed at Wan’s Queens apartment on May 3, 2024, resulting in the recovery of the stolen watch along with proceeds from thefts in other locations. Wan was subsequently arrested on May 4, 2024, by Nassau Detectives in New York City. It has been revealed that Wan is wanted for similar jewelry thefts across the United States, with an active Interpol Red Notice and an arrest warrant in the Republic of Korea for a significant theft that occurred in Seoul on September 30, 2018.

Having entered the United States illegally in December 2023 and being granted asylum after being arrested at the border in San Diego, Wan is facing charges of Grand Larceny 3rd degree. He was arraigned at First District Court on Sunday, May 5, 2024, and remains in custody awaiting further legal proceedings.

The New York Post published an extensive May 6 report of Wan’s many thefts around the world.

Important: This story is categorized as a crime story and thus it is important to note that charges are accusations and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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