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In brief: Gold theft suspect arrested at border

Sat., March 1, 2014

MIAMI – A Miami man on the lam for more than a year for his suspected role in a $2.8 million gold heist has been recaptured while trying to cross the border from Guatemala into Belize.

Raonel Valdez Valhuerdis was caught last week, according to David Bolton, a Coral Gables, Fla., private detective whose Internet wanted poster alerted Belize authorities who stopped the fugitive.

“He smashed his cellphone on the ground and told the border guards, ‘I’m tired of this. I’m tired of running. Just kill me. I want to die,’ ” Bolton said.

Prosecutors believe Valdez, 35, was behind the stickup of a courier for the Bolivian-based export company Quri Wasi, which buys gold from small businesses in La Paz, then melts it down and sells it to South Florida refineries.

According to police, Valdez and two other men in October 2012 accosted the courier in an elevator of a Coral Gables apartment building, stealing two rolling suitcases filled with 110 pounds of gold flakes bound for Republic Metals in Opa-locka, Fla. The 79 percent pure gold was slated to be melted down, then resold for jewelry or electronic parts.

Liberty, Justice add egg to nest

RIVERDALE, Iowa – Two of the world’s most-watched eagles have welcomed a second egg to their nest.

Viewers of the Alcoa EagleCam on Thursday spotted another egg in the nest of the eagles, dubbed Liberty and Justice.

The nest is on the property of the Alcoa Davenport Works in Riverdale.

Company spokesman John Riches said Friday that Liberty laid the second egg about 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Riches said the last egg usually comes within a week of the first egg, so that would mean any additional arrivals would come by Sunday.

The birds can be seen at alcoa.com/eaglecam.


 

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