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Accused Trash Bag Taxi Thieves Held On $2,000 Bail

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Jamie Diaco and Jason Russell (Photos courtesy: Malden Police)

Jamie Diaco and Jason Russell (Photos courtesy: Malden Police)

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MALDEN (CBS) – A man and woman accused of using a trash bag to rob a taxi driver were each ordered held on $2,000 bail Thursday.

Jaime Diaco and Jason Russell, both 34 years old, were arrested Wednesday night at a supermarket, where investigators say Russell was shoplifting.

They were wanted for robbing a cabbie early Wednesday morning in Malden.

Russell allegedly put a black trash bag over the driver’s head, claimed Diaco had a gun and then fought with him.

The couple eventually ran off with about $140 and the driver’s wallet, according to police.

But they left a very big clue behind, Diaco’s pocketbook.

“Within that pocketbook were numerous pay stubs with the name of Jamie Diaco,” prosecutor Christopher Minue said in court Thursday.

“And within that, loan paperwork with the name of Mr. Jason Russell.”

According to court documents, the pair was later caught on surveillance video using the cab driver’s bank card at a Dunkin’ Donuts and trying to withdraw money from an ATM.

WBZ-TV’s Alana Gomez reports

Diaco and Russell did not show their faces at their arraignment in Malden District Court.

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