Pulaski deputy sheriff arrests man wanted for stealing $400,000 in jewelry, Pokemon cards

kward1@herald-leader.comFebruary 24, 2014 

A man who was wanted in Florida for stealing $400,000 in jewelry was arrested Sunday in Somerset.

Kenneth R. Tannassee, 23, was considered a fugitive from justice when the Pulaski County sheriff's office arrested him on Amber Street in Somerset, according to a news release.

In April 2011, the Naples Daily News reported that Tannassee, who was homeless at the time, had been found with "more than $400,000 in jewelry and a large amount of Pokemon cards in his car."

The jewelry had been taken from a jewelry store at a flea market in Bonita Springs, Fla.

Tannassee was pinpointed as the thief after deputies investigating the case received a call "about a suspicious man wearing between 50 and 100 necklaces," according to the newspaper report.

The jewelry store owner told a Florida television station at the time that when Tannassee was found, "he looked like a mini Mr. T."

A deputy said that when he looked in Tannassee's Mazda sports car, he could see "numerous white jewelry boxes, some open, and some containing rings," the Naples Daily News reported.

The car and the ground nearby was littered with Pokemon wrappers, and the cards were thought to be stolen too, the newspaper said.

Pulaski County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Flynn discovered Tannassee's past through a check of the National Crime Information Center, which showed that he was wanted by the sheriff's office in Lee County, Florida, on charges of burglary and grand theft of $100,000 or more, according to a news release.

Tannassee is being held without bond in the Pulaski County Detention Center.

Karla Ward: (859) 231-3314. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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