- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 7, 2014

MIAMI (AP) - Authorities say a man accused of stealing more than 100 pounds of gold in South Florida is back in the U.S. after being captured in Belize.

The U.S. Marshalls Service reports that 34-year-old Raonel Valdez-Valhuerdis was booked into the Miami-Dade County Jail on Wednesday. He was detained in February by Belize immigration officials at the Guatemala-Belize border.

Authorities say Valdez and two unidentified men robbed a Bolivian export company employee outside a Coral Gables apartment building in October 2012. The gold - worth an estimated $2.8 million - was on its way to an Opa-Locka refinery.

Valdez was arrested shortly after the robbery. He had been wearing a GPS ankle monitor from an unrelated charge, and police used it to place him at the crime.

Valdez was free on $75,000 bail in March 2013 when authorities lost track of his GPS monitor, and he disappeared.


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