37 year-old ex-banker Thomas Toolan has had a somewhat checkered past. He was arrested in 2001 because his slipped an $80,000 marble bust under his coat at an antiques show in the US. He subsequently pleaded guilty to a disorderly conduct charge, received 10 days community service and was asked to leave his job at Citigroup, where he was a VP. Toolan is currently in a whole lot bigger bother now, however, as he is accused of murdering 44 year-old Elizabeth Lochtefeld, his girlfriend of but 6 weeks.
Ms Lochtefeld's stabbed-to-death body was found in her Nantucket, Massachusetts condominium on October 25th. Her murder is the first in Nantucket for over 20 years. Hours after the discovery of the body, Toolan was arrested for drunk driving and is currently being held without bail on a fugitive from justice charge and stands accused of the murder.
The story goes that Toolan met Ms Lochtefeld just six weeks before she died. After the first few weeks, it is said that she tried to cool off the relationship. There are claims that Toolan prevented Ms Lochtefeld from leaving his appartment building just before the murder and that she had to escape when he later fell asleep.
Police have yet to find the murder weapon, although there have been local press reports that, the day before the murder, Toolan was stopped by security personnel at New York's Laguardia Airport, as he tried to board a plane for Nantucket. He is said to have been found carrying a large knife wrapped in a blue rag inside his coat. The knife was taken from him. Nantucket authorities claim to have plenty of evidence against the ex-Citigroup man.
Toolan, who denies any involvement in the killing, will eventually be sent back to Massachusetts to face the murder rap.
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