A man who was part of a crew that stole luxury watches during robberies in New York City and New Jersey has been sentenced to more than 19 years in federal prison.
Victor Rivera, 31, of Brooklyn, New York, was also ordered to pay $1,380,800 in restitution and $1,380,800 in forfeiture, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York said in a statement.
Two of the robberies took place in New Jersey — one in Hoboken and one in Englewood Cliffs
Rivera and an associate robbed a jeweler in Hoboken on July 6, 2020 and made off with a Richard Mille watch worth more than $81,000 and other items, according to charging documents.
Less than a month later on Aug. 2, Rivera and a partner went to Englewood Cliffs and robbed a person at gunpoint of a Richard Mille watch valued at more than $250,000, prosecutors said.
Rivera mostly robbed jewelry stores in New York City between October 2019 and November 2020, stealing Richard Mille, Rolex, Audemars Piguet, and Patek Philippe watches, authorities said. In one robbery, he shot someone in front of the victim’s home, officials said. One robbery took place in Long Island, New York.
The most valuable watch the Rivera took was a Richard Mille worth more than $500,000 during a Jan. 14, 2020 robbery in the Rego Park section Queens.
An accused co-conspirator in some of the robberies, Johan Araujo, is awaiting sentencing. Other members of the crew have not been named.
Rivera also faces three years of supervised released after finishing his prison sentence.
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