Panty Theft Led RI Cops to Markoff

Markoff linked to Rhode Island robbery after cops realized similarity to earlier crimes
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 5, 2009 6:04 AM CDT
Boston University medical student Philip Markoff stands during his arraignment in Boston Municipal Court, Tuesday, April 21, 2009, in Boston.    (AP Photo/Mark Garfinkel, Pool)
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(Newser) – Rhode Island cops realized accused Craigslist killer Philip Markoff may have been involved in a local robbery when they learned the victim's panties had been stolen, sources tell ABC News. Investigators who noted the similarity to two attacks in Boston soon found more links to Markoff and issued a warrant accusing him assault and weapons violations yesterday,

Rhode Island won't be able to try Markoff until his murder trial is finished in Boston but the state's attorney general vowed to proceed no matter how long it took. "You go forward because a community cries out for justice," he said. Investigators say 16 pairs of women's panties have been found in Markoff's apartment and they suspect more crimes may come to light.