Federal prosecutors and FBI agents believe that they have the fifth and final suspect in custody from a brazen robbery a Mayors Jewelers at the Galleria at Fort Lauderdale last year. The 38-year-old Miami man was placed under arrest based on the testimony of a man already convicted of participating in the robbery, a fingerprint on a bag and possible DNA evidence.
The man is believed to be one of four men who wore masks and gloves and entered Mayors during Sunday business hours. Security footage showed the men using large hammers to break glass display cases inside of Mayors and steal 48 watches mostly consisting of Rolex and Tag Heuer brands that were valued at over $250,000. The suspect has a 2005 conviction for a prior Mayors robbery in Miami Beach that was said to be “strikingly similar.” An FBI spokesperson said that he was released from prison for that robbery a relatively short time before the Fort Lauderdale Mayors robbery. The suspect now faces more than 17 additional years in prison. He entered a not guilty plea in federal court.
Had the subject robbery occurred in a private residence, the suspect might have been charged with armed burglary pursuant to state statute. Under Florida law, an armed burglary can occur when a person unlawfully enters a home, building or motor vehicle while armed. It’s a felony in the first degree, and it’s punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a fine not to exceed $10,000.
Fort Lauderdale Federal Criminal Lawyer Kenneth Hassett
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