From Queen to Queens: Royal Jewelry Found

Reuters

A stolen diamond necklace and bracelet belonging to Britain's Duchess of York were recovered early Wednesday and an airport baggage handler was accused of the crime, U.S. officials said.

The jewelry given to the duchess by her mother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth II, was taken Monday from a suitcase brought back to Britain from New York by an aide to the duchess.

The FBI recovered the necklace from a doghouse behind the home of the baggage handler, Gilbert Terrero, 19, in the Queens borough of New York, the airline said. The bracelet was found in a locker in the British Airways terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport.

At the suspect's arraignment Wednesday, the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn charged him with theft from an international flight before releasing him on bail of $75,000, which his parents put up.

The jewelry was slightly damaged, and five diamonds were missing, officials said.

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