Florida man to serve five years in prison for 2012 jewelry store robbery

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A Florida man has been sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to and admitting his role in the 2012 Greenwood jewelry store robbery.

Osniel Labrada-Guillen, 36, of Hialeah, Fla., pleaded guilty to burglary as a Class C felony before Johnson County Circuit Court Judge Andrew Roesener on June 6. Labrada-Guillen was originally charged with burglary and theft in 2015, and the theft charge was merged as part of his conviction, according to online court records.

As part of his plea deal, Labrada-Guillen will be executed for the five years of his sentence. He received a 163-day jail credit and was ordered to pay $470,739.83 in restitution to McGee and Company – the store that was robbed. The court also determined that he was indigent regarding the payment of court costs, according to court documents.

On the morning of April 23, 2012, Greenwood police were called to the McGee and Company jewelry store in the 800 block of US 31 North, south of Greenwood Park Mall, to a burglary report. When they arrived, the store owner told them that one of the door locks had been tampered with, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in 2015 in Johnson County Circuit Court.

After discovering that the locks had been tampered with, the owner went inside to deactivate the store’s alarm, but it had no power. The owner looked around the store, discovered it had been broken into and called the police, according to court documents.

Two Rolex wristwatches, a chain bracelet and a diamond band were missing from the store – an estimated loss of $500,000. The owner also reported damages worth $15,000 to the store, according to court documents.

Police say the suspects damaged a steel security barrier and punched three holes in the roof to enter the store through the ceiling. They also cut the alarm and telephone lines in the ceiling. Police also found a pair of bolt cutters outside the store’s back door, according to court documents.

Police reviewed security footage showing two suspects attempting to enter the store just before midnight on April 21, 2012. Several hours later, at around 7:30 a.m., the suspects were seen on video entering the store as they wore black hoodies and ski goggles. according to court documents.

The suspects were then seen opening display cases and filling a pair of large duffel bags with jewelry and watches. They then left the store through the back door and were seen entering a truck driven by a third suspect, according to court documents.

A few days later, two Greenwood residents who lived near the store found a black mask on the floor that matched the general description of masks worn during the robbery. Police sent the mask to the Indiana State Police lab for DNA testing, according to court documents.

A month later, police received information showing that the stolen items had been pawned by Labrada-Guillen at a pawn shop in Hialeah, Florida. When Greenwood police spoke with Florida police, they identified and confirmed that these were the items stolen in the Greenwood robbery. Florida police later confirmed, using fingerprint analysis, that Labrada-Gullen had pawned the items, according to court documents.

Pawnshop records show Labrada-Guillen pawned the items on the morning of April 23 – about a day after the three suspects were seen leaving the Greenwood jewelry store. Police say a one-way trip could reasonably be made between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., according to court documents.

The Indiana State Police lab matched DNA from the mask found in July 2012 in Greenwood. The DNA profile matched another sample taken from Cobb County, Georgia. After state troopers spoke with detectives in Georgia, they discovered the sample was from a case similar to Greenwood’s. The case involved a January 2010 rooftop burglary at a jewelry store in Kennesaw, Georgia, where more than $1 million worth of jewelry was stolen, according to court documents.

The DNA profile was unknown until September 2014, when the samples were matched to Labrada-Guillen, according to court documents.

Labrada-Guillen’s whereabouts were unknown until December 2014, when he was arrested in Palm Beach, Florida. extradited to Cobb County, Georgia to face robbery charges in 2010, court documents show.

A Georgia judge sentenced him to 20 years, including seven years in prison and 13 years probation, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

In early 2015, the Indiana State Police crime lab received an updated sample of Labrada-Guillen’s DNA. The updated sample matched DNA found on the mask in Greenwood, and a warrant was issued, according to court documents.

Labrada-Guillen served a seven-year prison sentence stemming from Georgia’s conviction in December. Deputies from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office traveled to Georgia after Christmas to bring him back to Indiana, Sheriff Duane Burgess said at the time.

The status and whereabouts of the other two suspects in the Greenwood robbery are unknown.

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