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Man arrested in $100,000 Watertown jewelry heist

 

Police arrest a man with a lengthy criminal record who allegedly stole more than $100,000 in jewelry during an early Wednesday morning burglary in downtown Watertown.

Watertown Police Detective Chad Stahl says they responded to a burglar alarm shortly before seven o’clock yesterday morning. He says police quickly went to work to track down the burglar, using downtown cameras to identify a vehicle which was located at a Watertown fast food restaurant.

The suspect was located and taken into custody. He is 67-year-old Takskim Neziroski. Stahl says he has a Las Vegas address.

Investigators obtained a search warrant to look through Neziroski’s vehicle, and found stolen items. Stahl says Neziroski disabled a lock on the front door of Makepeace Jewelry, which allowed him to get inside, and then he went to work. He shattered a display case and stole some 200 gold chains and other items.

Stahl says there is a lot of stolen merchandise in the vehicle.

Neziroski has a criminal history dating back to the 1970’s that includes convictions for burglary, armed robbery, assaults with weapons and drug crimes. He was not armed when arrested by police.

Stahl says investigators are trying to determine how long the suspect had been in Watertown.

Neziroski is being held in the Codington County Detention Center on $50,000 cash bond.


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