Fla crew charged in jewelry heists in many states

AP News
Posted: Jun 15, 2011 10:31 PM
Fla crew charged in jewelry heists in many states

Authorities say they've charged eight people from South Florida in a string of jewelry heists across several states that resulted in $6 million worth of loot.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement announced the arrests Wednesday. The suspects had been arrested in May and charged with racketeering and conspiracy to commit racketeering.

Authorities say from December 2008 to July 2010, members of the "crews" hit numerous jewelry stores and pawn shops in Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Connecticut. Authorities are still looking for one more man, 40-year-old Osvaldo Cruz.

Investigators say the ring operated with multiple crews. They broke in by cutting holes in the roof, disabling alarms and surveillance systems and using torches to access safes.