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Man fakes being blind to steal

CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- Police said a Maryland man tricked a jeweler into thinking he was blind and got away with a diamond ring worth about $10,000.
          
Apparently it wasn't the first time the man had pulled a scam like this.  Police soon discovered he was wanted by police in 12 states.

A day after Christmas Taurus Centaur wrote on his Facebook page, "I want to be a billionaire so *expletive* bad."  A desire, police said, grew into greed and an ever so deceptive lifestyle.

"I don't think it's ever been this elaborate," said Major James Pyles.  "He did very well this go around with his scheme.  I would classify him as a career criminal without a doubt."

A con artist that Major James Pyles' bureau had spent countless hours to find had as many as 40 aliases and almost as many disguises.  A blind man looking for a jeweler, who would take advantage of him because he was blind?

In Pittsburgh Centaur bought a $9,000 ring with a cashier's check as bogus as his blindness.  In Maryland, Centuar pawned some stolen rings at a local jeweler.  His scheme was elaborate and carefully calculated. 

Centaur's days of living lavishly ended after police in West Virginia called Maryland state police.  Centaur had a house in Garrett County.  In it were key pieces of evidence.  Centaur was eventually tracked to a home in Georgia where police placed him under arrest.

Because Taurus Centaur committed his crimes in several states he's expected to be tried in federal court.




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