Jewelry Crime Stories: Week of April 1



A roundup of jewelry crime stories from the past week:

Long Island Couple Charged With String of Jewelry Store Robberies

Suffolk, N.Y. On April 3, a couple from Suffolk County, N.Y., was arrested and charged in connection with a string of jewelry store robberies across Long Island.

Daniel Cimolonski and his girlfriend, Kristie Laird, were stopped by police for a routine traffic stop, during which it was discovered the pair had active warrants and possessed illegal drugs. Police learned during the interrogation that Cimolonski was responsible for four jewelry store robberies, and that Laird acted as an accomplice in at least one.

Cimolonski was charged with four counts of third-degree grand larceny, fourth-degree grand larceny, criminal possession of a controlled substance, and resisting arrest. Laird was charged with third-degree grand larceny and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Armed Robber Pleads Guilty in Federal Court

Trenton, N.J. On April 3, Robert A. Fiolka from Staten Island, N.Y., pleaded guilty in federal court to robbing Blue Stove Antiques in Fair Haven, N.J., with a firearm last June.

Fiolka was charged with a Hobbs Act robbery and use of a firearm in an act of violence. The Hobbs Act robbery charge is punishable by a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison; the charge of use of a firearm in a crime of violence is punishable by a maximum potential penalty of life in prison. 

On June 2, 2012, Fiolka brandished a firearm after entering the store, pointed it at the store owner, and made off with $200,000 worth of jewelry.

Four Armed Robbers Arrested for West Hartford Jewelry Heist

West Hartford, Conn. On April 5, four armed robbery suspects were arrested in connection with a jewelry store heist at the end of March.

Thomas Ibbison, Edward Makara, Luis Carlos Burgos, and Kenneth Bryant were all charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree conspiracy to commit robbery, first-degree larceny, and first-degree conspiracy to commit larceny. Ibbison was also charged with two counts of assault of public safety personnel.

On March 30, the men allegedly entered Solid Gold with a gun, fired a shot into the ceiling, and made off with approximately $60,000 worth of merchandise.