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Prosecutors say half a million worth of jewelry stolen in heist at Owings Mills store

A heist involving the kidnapping of an Owings Mills jewelry store employee a gunpoint netted half a million in jewelry, stones and watches, prosecutors alleged in a federal indictment unsealed this week.

Federal authorities said six defendants began plotting in November 2012, following an employee, who was not identified in the indictment, from Antony Jewelers on Reisterstown Road, before kidnapping him to take the key and store alarm codes they used to break into the store on Jan. 16, 2013.

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They followed the employee to learn about the store operations, "including the habits and routine of the employee," the indictment said, and at one point, even attached a GPS device to the employee's car to learn his travel routes.

In mid-January, Grigoriy (Greg) Zilberman, 24, of Owings Mills, who had befriended the employee, and asked him to him to his home. Some of the other defendants drove a rented SUV with "law enforcement-type light bar and loudspeaker" to pull over the employee, according to the document said.

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Authorities said Stanislav (Steven) Yelizarov, 25, of Pikesville, Alexsey (Losha) Sosonko, 34, Owings Mills, Igor Yasinov, 25 of Baltimore, and Peter Magnis, 27, of Hydes, wore masks and gloves to conceal their identities and withdrew guns, and blindfolded and bound the employee, and threw him into the trunk of his own car.

Prosecutors say they drove the employee's car to a predetermined location, which was not identified in the indictment, where they beat and robbed the employee at gunpoint, taking keys and code to the alarm system at the store. They allegedly threatened to kill his family if he reported the robbery to police.

Yelizarov and Sosonko later drove the employee's car to the jewelry store where another defendant, Marat (Mike) Yelizarov, 26, of Pikesville, and an unindicted coconspirator were waiting, and acted as "look-outs," the indictment said.

Prosecutors say Stanislav Yelizarov and Sosonko went into the store shortly after 4 a.m. and stole the jewelry, stones and watches.

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Over the next few days, authorities said, Stanislav Yelizarov sold some of the items in Maryland and in Brooklyn, New York, receiving in excess of $129,000 in cash, which he split between the defendants and others.

The defendants each face possible life sentences for the kidnapping conspiracy, the kidnapping and for carrying and brandishing a firearm in relation to a crime of violence.

Sosonko and Yelizarov appeared in U.S. District Court in Baltimore and were detained pending detention hearings.

Zilberman is scheduled to have his initial appearance Thursday. Yelizarov, Yasinov and Magnis are held on unrelated state charges, and are scheduled for their initial appearance in federal court in June.

A woman who answered at the Antony Jewelers on Thursday declined to comment on the case. The employee was not identified in the indictment.

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