Actor Arrested for Heist He Reenacted on TV

Aaron Defant 'recognized' as real criminal

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 23, 2012 11:27 AM CDT

(Newser) – The good news: Aaron Defant did a really good job portraying a German jewel thief in a television reenactment of the heist. The bad news: His impersonation got him arrested. Defant was busted last week after a viewer called police to report spotting the "jewel thief"—that would be Defant—in Stuttgart. Defant had appeared in the reenactment, featured on a program about unsolved crimes, more than five weeks prior, the Local reports. "Maybe it’s because the actor looked very similar to the real criminal," says the show's presenter. Police released Defant once he explained the mix-up.

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