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Spending spree leads to suspect in Wilton Manors killing

By DAVID SMILEY, dsmiley@MiamiHerald.com

A pair of shoes, an iPod and a night at a strip club -- charged to a slain Wilton Manors man's credit cards -- led authorities to South Beach on Monday, where they arrested a wanted Delaware man on a murder charge, the Broward Sheriff's Office said.

Gabriel Nock, 27, has been charged with first-degree murder in the killing of 68-year-old Larry Ellison, whose body was found March 10 in his Wilton Manors home.

Detectives say Nock's spending spree was his undoing.

As investigators looked for Ellison's killer and his silver Infiniti, which was missing from his home, Nock was buying toiletries, electronics and clothing at the Gap with the victim's credit cards, BSO spokeswoman Keyla Concepción said.

Concepción said investigators had previously notified Ellison's credit-card holders of his murder, and were contacted when purchases began to show up posthumously on his accounts.

On Monday, homicide detectives and Miami Beach police arrested Nock as he stood near Ocean Drive and 15th Street.

Nock eventually admitted to strangling Ellison inside his home while robbing him, Concepción said. Nock drove away in Ellison's Infiniti with his wallet, computer and other electronics.

After his arrest, he led investigators to Ellison's SUV.

Nock previously had a warrant for his arrest for escaping from a work-release center in Georgetown, Del., where he was convicted on charges of receiving stolen property, according to Concepción.

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