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Oakland man linked to multistate jewelry store robbery spree totaling $700,000


SACRAMENTO — An Oakland resident who traveled California and Arizona robbing jewelry stores for hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of merchandise was sentence Thursday to 15 years in federal prison.

London Webb, 34, was linked to four jewelry store robberies, in Chico, Folsom, Santa Barbara, and Scottsdale, Arizona that occurred in 2014 and 2015, in which he stole nearly $700,000 worth of Rolex watches. The biggest robbery targeted Grebitus Jewelers in Folsom on Oct. 14, 2014, in which $310,800 worth of watches were stolen.

Last October, Webb pleaded guilty to a charge of robbery affecting interstate commerce, and admitted to his role in the four incidents. Webb’s accomplice, Dion Johnson II, 33, of Sacramento, was sentenced to 10 years last year after pleading guilty to interstate commerce robbery and bank robbery.

According to prosecutors, the robberies all involved two cohorts, one of whom would brandish a pistol while the other used a sledgehammer to smash open cases. Unfortunately for Webb, he cut himself at the Folsom robbery left blood at the scene, according to the FBI.

Authorities later matched the blood in the store — and blood found in a stolen car that had been abandoned nearby — to Webb via a DNA test. Federal agents searched Webb’s phone and found text conversations where they plotted robberies, according to the criminal complaint.

U.S. District Judge Troy Nunley handed down the sentence.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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