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3 face charges in major jewel caper

August 22, 2009

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— Two men accused in an audacious heist in London appeared in court Friday as police charged a third in the $66 million, or 40 million pound, robbery of a jewelry store this month.

The pair — 26-year-old Solomun Beyene of London and 26-year-old Craig Calderwood, of no fixed address — were ordered held until Sept. 1.

Beyene and Calderwood, who are charged with conspiracy to rob and firearms offenses, were flanked by five security officers as they appeared in court.

They spoke only to confirm their names, addresses, and dates of birth.

Defense lawyer Antonie Xavier, who represents Beyene, said his client “totally denied” involvement.

“He has always denied that he was ever near there,” Xavier said. “This is a shot in the dark.”

Later Friday, police announced they had charged a third man with conspiracy. Clinton Mogg, 42, of Bournemouth in southern England, is scheduled to appear in court today.

The Aug. 6 robbery at Graff Diamonds in the upscale Mayfair neighborhood grabbed headlines in Britain and drew comparisons with movie plots.

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