$800,000 jewelry store robbery leads to jail time

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An Omaha, NE man was sentenced in federal court to 10 years in prison for theft from a jewelry store.

Kenneth S. Jones, 41, was also ordered to pay more than $500,000 in restitution, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Nebraska.

The crime happened at Pretty in Patina in Omaha on February 17, 2018. KETV Reports 7 that, according to the store owner, vintage and designer jewelry worth $800,000 was stolen.

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United States Attorney Jan Sharp announced that Kenneth S. Jones, 41, of Omaha, Nebraska, was convicted today in federal court in Omaha of the crime of theft contrary to law. Hobbs. United States District Judge Brian C. Buescher sentenced Jones to 120 months in prison, to be served consecutively to the 220-month prison sentence Jones received in the Southern District of Texas on June 6, 2019 Judge Buescher also ordered Jones to pay more than $500,000 in restitution. There is no parole in the federal system. After his release from prison, he will begin a three-year period of probation.

On the evening of February 17, 2018, an Omaha jewelry store, Pretty in Patina, was robbed by a single suspect, later determined to be Jones. Jones entered the store wearing a mask and gloves and approached the jewelry counter, pointing what appeared to be a handgun at the store clerk and demanding jewelry. He threw a trash bag at one of the employees and placed a pillowcase on the counter. Employees put jewelry in the pillowcase and Jones left the trash bag in the store. Numerous items were taken from the store, valued at several hundred thousand dollars. That same day, the Omaha Police Department’s crime lab determined that four fingerprints found on the trash bag belonged to Jones. On March 2, 2018, Omaha police officers executed a search warrant at the defendant’s last known address in Omaha. Officers found two rings in the jewelry store, and investigators determined that Jones had given them to a resident to sell them.

On April 17, 2018, after fleeing to Texas, Jones robbed a convenience store in McAllen, stole a store clerk’s car, and drove into a bank. Jones then stole over $10,000 from the bank using what appeared to be a handgun and abandoned the stolen car. Jones hailed a taxi on foot and was followed to an area hotel. Investigators searched his room at the hotel and recovered most of the money from the bank, a realistic-looking black BB gun, and the keys to the stolen car he had left at the bank. The taxi driver was questioned and reported that Jones had used the taxi service to drive to several nearby jewelry stores and pawnshops.

On April 18, 2018, investigators contacted a pawnshop in McAllen, Texas. They learned that between March 18, 2018 and April 14, 2018, the accused had pawned around 40 jewels there. Investigators have confirmed that several of these jewels were taken during the robbery of the Omaha jewelry store. Jones was located and arrested in McAllen and a realistic looking BB gun was found in his motel room.

Jones was later convicted of bank robbery by force or violence in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas and was sentenced to 220 months in prison.

This case was investigated by the Omaha Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the McAllen, Texas Police Department.

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