Oakland man linked to multi-state jewelry robbery spree totaling $700,000


SACRAMENTO — An Oakland resident who traveled to California and Arizona to rob jewelry stores for hundreds of thousands of dollars in merchandise was sentenced 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 – which occurred in 2014 and 2015, in which he stole nearly $700,000 worth of Rolex watches . On October 14, 2014, the largest robbery on October 14, 2014 targeted Grebitus Jewelers in Folsom, in which $310,800 worth of watches were stolen.

Last October, Webb pleaded guilty to robbery affecting interstate commerce and admitted his role in all 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.

Prosecutors say the robberies both involved two cohorts, one of whom brandished a pistol while the other used a hammer to smash open crates. Unfortunately for Webb, he cut himself during Folsom’s flight and left blood at the scene, according to the FBI.

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

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


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