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Jewelry Robber Sentenced to 21yrs

Jun 18, 2008 5:32 PM   By Jeff Miller

RAPAPORT... Charles Kertesz was sentenced to 21 years in prison for a series of robberies at jewelry stores in Connecticut and Massachusetts. He was sentenced to 20 years for four armed robberies and an additional 18 months for violating terms of his supervised release in a prior federal conviction.

The 37-year-old pleaded guilty in February to  armed robberies at a Hannoush jewelry store in Natick, Massachusetts, in July 2005; a South Windsor Lux Bond & Green robbery in February 2006; a Betteridge jewelry store in Greenwich and a  Glastonbury Lux Bond & Green store in September 2006.

An accomplice, Anthony Curral, was sentenced in April to 70 months. Conspirators Eric Ortiz and Ernesto Ortiz pleaded guilty to the Greenwich robbery, but the two are awaiting sentences.

In total, about $5.3 million in jewelry was stolen during the robberies.

Tags: Jewelry, Robberies
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