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Jewel heist suspects in court

August 22, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Two men accused in an audacious jewel heist appeared in court, and police charged a third in the $66-million robbery in London's upscale Mayfair neighborhood.

Solomun Beyene and Craig Calderwood, both 26, were ordered held until Sept. 1. They are charged with conspiracy to rob and firearms offenses.

Defense lawyer Antonie Xavier, who represents Beyene, said his client "totally denied" involvement.

Police also announced that they had charged a third man with conspiracy. Clinton Mogg, 42, of Bournemouth, in southern England, is scheduled to appear in court today.

Two well-dressed men walked into a Graff Diamonds store on Aug. 6 and pulled out handguns, ordering a shop worker to place jewelry into a bag.

They made off with 43 watches, rings, bracelets and necklaces.

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