4 men plead guilty in jewelry theft ring

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Associated Press

Posted on January 16, 2014 at 6:32 PM

ATLANTA (AP) — Federal prosecutors say four men have pleaded guilty to their involvement in a jewelry theft ring.

Officials said Thursday that the men were involved in a sophisticated and violent conspiracy that targeted jewelry couriers in Georgia and Texas.

Prosecutors say 46-year-old Honorio Sanchez-Valencia, 38-year-old Jose Vicente Ramirez-Rodriguez, 37-year-old John Rodriguez and 25-year-old Alejandro Godoy-Maximo pleaded guilty to robbery in the Northern District of Georgia.

Investigators say the men jumped a jewelry courier at a gas station Jan. 31, 2013 and robbed him of $125,000 in jewelry. Prosecutors say Sanchez-Valencia also admitted to being involved in the theft of more than $500,000 in jewelry from two couriers in Dallas in 2012.

A sentencing date has not been set.

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