Man convicted of Nassau County jewelry store robbery


A thief has been convicted for his role in the Nassau County jewelry store robbery in which he and others stole more than $80,000 in jewelry.

Judge Brunson, 43, of Brooklyn, was sentenced to 23 years to life on Wednesday, Feb. 9, for the 2017 robbery of a Flora Park jewelry store, Nassau County District Attorney Anne T. Donnelly said.

“This defendant orchestrated a plan to rob Atelier Jewelers, held a gun to the head of the terrified owner and employees and fled with over $80,000 worth of jewelry,” Donnelly said.

According to the charges, on November 10, 2017, Brunson sent an accomplice to Atelier Jewelers in Floral Park under the pretense that she needed a bracelet repaired.

The following day, around 2 p.m., the woman returned to collect the bracelet and was allowed to enter the store’s locked doors by staff.

Brunson and co-defendant Darkel Davis, 35, of Queens, wearing masks and gloves, entered behind her, ordering employees to the ground at gunpoint. Together, they stole more than $80,000 in jewelry from the store, the prosecutor’s office said.

Brunson was arrested by detectives from the Nassau County Police Department’s Office of Special Operations and Robbery Squad in February 2018.

Davis was arrested in 2018 and pleaded guilty to robbery. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

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