STARKE, Fla. (AP) _ A man suspected in a jewelry store robbery apparently planned to disguise himself as a woman to continue his flight, but was nabbed by a sheriff's deputy who saw him shaving his legs beside a pond, officials say.

Steven Charles Roboch of Orange Park, who was arrested Tuesday in Georgia, admitted to the Saturday armed robbery of Williams Jewelry here and waived extradition proceedings, according to Assistant State Attorney Tom Elwell.

State Attorney's Office investigator Wiley Clark said Roboch's public leg shaving attracted the attention of a Georgia sheriff's deputy, who arrested Roboch on an unrelated drug charge.

The officer found a pile of gold chains and rings in Roboch's car trunk, still bearing price tags totaling about $33,000, police said.

Georgia authorities contacted the sheriff's office in Nassau County, Fla., just on the other side of the state line, Elwell said.

Nassau deputies were aware of the Starke robbery and noted that Roboch's description matched that of the tattooed gunman. Despite a cobra tattooed on Roboch's right forearm, Roboch planned to disguise himself as a woman, Elwell said.

''It was good police work,'' Elwell said.

Roboch, returned to Starke on Wednesday, is accused of taking $150,000 worth of rings and gold chains while he and an unidentified accomplice held two store clerks and the 11-year-old daughter of one of the women at gunpoint.