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August 23, 2019

Florida man accused of buying $67,000 Piguet watch with bad check

August 13, 2019

Victor Blanco is accused of buying an expensive watch with a bad check. (Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office)

A 60-year-old Florida man is behind bars after cops say he purchased a $67,000 Piguet watch with a bad check.

Victor Blanco is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail on a larceny charge, online records show.

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Vladislav “Bobby” Yampolsky, owner of the Boca Raton store ECJ Luxe Collection, told the Palm Beach Post that he usually does not take personal checks.

“I had my guard up. I’ve been doing this for 30 years,” Yampolsky told the newspaper. “The names he mentioned, I know very well. He mentioned some things only those people would know.”

Yampolsky said Blanco dropped the names of “well-known socialites from Miami and the New York area.”

The store owner said he was targeted because ECJ is the only authorized retailer in the area for the high-end Audemars Piguet watch.

The suspected theft took place in October of 2017. Yampolsky knew the same month that the check had bounced, but it took a thorough investigation before Blanco could be collared, according to the Palm Beach Post. Blanco had repeatedly lied to Yampolsky, including telling him he was going to bring his wife to the store to make a purchase.

“I’m glad they got him off the streets,” Yampolsky told the newspaper.

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