NORFOLK (AP) -- The leader of a violent jewelry theft ring has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to taking part in a racketeering conspiracy.
The Virginian-Pilot reports (http://bit.ly/1bQhKQA) that 38-year-old Alexander Cuadros-Garcia of Richmond was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Norfolk.
Court documents say Cuadros-Garcia led an organized criminal group that stole more than $4.3 million in jewelry from victims in Virginia and at least six other states.
The theft ring was based out of Richmond and members of it conducted lengthy surveillance on jewelry stores to identify vulnerable jewelry salesmen and couriers.
The ring would then follow targets and then rob them.