Two Arrested for ‘Worst Jewelry Crime in a Generation’

Two men have been arrested and will stand trial for the Dec. 21 robbery and murders of a 38-year-old retail jeweler and his family in Livonia, Mich., a Detroit suburb. The murder of Marco Pesce, an Italian immigrant who owned the Italia Jeweler in Livonia; his mother, Maria Vergati (a resident of Italy who was visiting the family for the holidays); and Pesce's children—Carlo, 12, Sabrina, 9, and Melissa, 6—is the "worst crime in the U.S. jewelry industry in a generation," says the Jewelers Security Alliance in its report. According to JSA, police reports, and the Detroit News and Livonia Observer newspapers, the two suspects, identified as Dennis Lincoln, 27, Flint, Mich., and John Wolfenbarger, 31, Detroit, were former prison cellmates with long criminal histories. Each was charged with five counts of premeditated murder and felony murder. Both pleaded innocent. According to the
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