When a villa belonging to Costa Rica’s top financial elite was stolen last year, its owner thought he had lost everything.
But on Friday, police say a new and more dangerous threat has surfaced.
A suspect was arrested in Costa Ricans capital of Managua and charged with stealing the $100 million property, including the villa’s jewelry, from a nearby home.
The suspect is a member of the Costa Rican military, police said.
Police say he’s suspected of committing the theft in the village of El Chico, which lies near the capital.
Police say the villas house, which was located in the San Joaquin valley in the south, was recently sold to a man who was said to be an important figure in the military.
Police have not confirmed the owner’s identity.
The villas exterior has been painted with the military emblem and a flag that bears the word “EUROPE.”
A police officer with the Costa Rica Police National Force, Carlos Sanchez, said the villau was in the hands of an associate who was believed to be the owner.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.