$400,000 robbery from Chicago jewelry store results in federal prison terms


CHICAGO — A federal judge has sentenced two men to federal prison for stealing watches and jewelry at gunpoint from a store in suburban Chicago.

Approximately $400,000 worth of merchandise was stolen from Razny Jewelers in Hinsdale, Illinois during the March 17, 2017 crime.

A federal jury in 2020 convicted Tobias Diggs, of Chicago, and Joshua McClellan, of Oak Lawn, of robbery and firearm. Last week, U.S. District Judge Gary S. Feinerman sentenced Diggs to 11 years in federal prison and McClellan to eight years.

Among the items stolen were watches from Frédérique Constant, Patek Phillipe and Tudor. The defendants then “sold, attempted to sell, or disposed of some of the stolen items” in the Chicago area and Atlanta, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois.

Two other people are said to have been involved in the robbery. Marvon Hamberlin, of Chicago, has been charged and is a fugitive. An arrest warrant has been issued for him, according to the statement. The fourth individual has not been identified.

According to evidence presented at trial, on the day of the heist, McClellan was driving the getaway car – a Lexus SUV – while Diggs and the other thieves entered the store and pointed a gun at a female employee. After the unidentified thief tackled a store security guard, Diggs hit the employee with the gun and dragged her by the hair into a back room, while he and the others gained access to the store’s safe and stole the jewelry.



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