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Eight Suspects Arrested in Florida Jewelry Theft Case

Jun 16, 2011 12:54 PM   By Ricci Dipshan
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RAPAPORT... Eight suspects involved in a high-end burglary ring that stole an estimated $6 million worth of merchandise from jewelry stores and pawnshops in Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Connecticut, were recently arrested in Florida, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) in Jacksonville.  

The arrest marked a turning point in an almost two-year, multi-agency investigation into the organized burglary ring based out of Miami-Dade County, Florida.  "The Office of Statewide Prosecution and FDLE worked on this investigation for nearly two years with law enforcement throughout the Eastern United States," said State Attorney General Pam Bondi. "The large-scale cooperation among the various law enforcement agencies was a vast undertaking that will result in justice for the victims of these burglaries."

Gerald Bailey, commissioner of FDLE, added, "This group moved fast and hit targets in multiple jurisdictions but they underestimated the level of sophistication and collaboration among our law enforcement agencies."

The ring operated with multiple crews of burglars who would hit jewelry stores and pawn shops by cutting holes in the roof, disabling alarms and surveillance systems and using torches to access safes.
Tags: Attorney General Pam Bondi, burglars, Burgulary, Florida, Gerald Bailey Commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Jewelry, Jewelry Store, North Carolina, Ricci Dipshan, Tennessee, The Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Virginia, West Virginia Connecticut
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