Houston jewelry store owner accused of fencing jewelry

A Houston jewelry store owner posted $50,000 bail Wednesday after his arrest on federal charges of conspiracy and knowingly purchasing stolen diamond rings taken from elderly women in Houston from 1992-98, the Houston Chronicle reported today.

Kenneth Roberts, who owns River Oaks Jewelry was indicted late Tuesday, the newspaper reported.

Henry Washington, already in custody, will be tried with Roberts, the newspaper reported. Washington had been indicted in June 2001, and Tuesday’s indictment adds a charge of conspiracy, said prosecutor John R. Lewis.

The indictment said Washington introduced Roberts to Mouise Pouncey so that Pouncey could deliver the stolen jewels, valued from a few hundred dollars to $125,000, the newspaper reported. The indictment, the newspaper reported, describes Pouncey as a “pimp and pool player who turned to robbing elderly ladies to support a gambling habit.”

Pouncey, serving a 40-year state sentence for aggravated robbery, and Carlton Jackson committed 40 robberies between Nov. 10, 1992, and July 9, 1998, the newspaper reported.

Jackson, described as a drug trafficker and gambler, is serving a 20-year state sentence for aggravated robbery, the newspaper reported. He pleaded guilty in 2000 to a federal charge of distribution of crack cocaine and will serve an 18-year term.

Jackson’s wife, Lisa Renee, was convicted of aggravated robbery and sentenced to 40 years in 1999, the newspaper reported. She was accused of using her Houston Municipal Court computer to look up home addresses of elderly women for her husband to rob.

The female victims, age 61 to 88, were residents of the upscale River Oaks, Tanglewood, and Memorial areas, the newspaper reported. Many were badly beaten.

Pouncey and Jackson allegedly delivered the stolen goods to Roberts at his store for typically a cash payment, the newspaper reported. Roberts and Washington could get 20 years in prison on each count and a fine up to $500,000.