District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen said Cuadros had a good upbringing in Colombia and came from a hard-working family with good values. He also had a good education and has demonstrated he cares about his family and his children. Still, she said, there’s no excuse for instilling such fear on unsuspecting people. “If any of us were in our cars and people showed up with masks and knives and guns,” it would leave lasting impact, Wright Allen said. “I think it’s a terrible crime.” So far, 10 people had been charged in this particular conspiracy, which prosecutors say ran for more than two years and was responsible for 15 robberies and stealing more than $4 million worth of jewels. In a statement of facts Cuadros agreed to as part of his guilty plea, he acknowledged taking part in 10 of those robberies.
Weekly Roundup of eBay Vintage Jewelry Finds
Then just sneak a peek at my weekly eBay Roundup of Vintage Jewelry Finds . This eclectic mix of designer and non-designer vintage jewelry caught my discerning eye because of its uniqueness, contemporary feel and highly collectible nature. And they make great holiday gifts! As always, buyer beware. Be sure to read the listings closely and contact the sellers with any questions.
Two sought after Raleigh jewelry store burglary
Police are looking for two unidentified men wanted in connection with a burglary early Monday at a Raleigh jewelry store. Security video captured the men stealing around 4:15 a.m. at Raleigh Gold and Estate Jewelry, at 10251-108 Little Brier Creek Lane, police said. One of the men is wearing a black jacket with a large white logo on its left front and green trousers that appear to have multiple pockets that zip shut. Police said he is white and of an unknown ethnicity The second man is black and has a beard. He was wearing a red hooded jacket and a black baseball cap with what appears to be the letter “H” on it.
Jewelry theft ring leader sentenced in Va
(AP) — The leader of a violent jewelry theft ring has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to taking part in a racketeering conspiracy. The Virginian-Pilot reports (http://bit.ly/1bQhKQA) that 38-year-old Alexander Cuadros-Garcia of Richmond was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Norfolk. Court documents say Cuadros-Garcia led an organized criminal group that stole more than $4.3 million in jewelry from victims in Virginia and at least six other states. The theft ring was based out of Richmond and members of it conducted lengthy surveillance on jewelry stores to identify vulnerable jewelry salesmen and couriers. The ring would then follow targets and then rob them. ___ Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.
Jewelry thieves target Montgomery County open houses
Police say the two suspects began stealing from open houses in February. Their alleged crimes continued for more than 6 months when police caught up with them in October. On Tuesday, they were charged with more than a dozen crimes. Related Content More: See http://www.chicemma.com/ more Action News slideshows They posed as husband and wife looking for a new home, but investigators say once Megan McCormick and Jeff Ridenour walked into an open house for sale their target was jewelry. “They would go inside and basically ask the realtors questions and what not and find some scheme to separate them. ‘I have to use the bathroom,’ or what not.