Man jailed for stealing luxury watches in 11 robberies

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A man who was part of a crew that stole luxury watches during robberies in New York 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 got away with a Richard Mille watch worth over $81,000 and other items, according to billing documents.

Less than a month later, on August 2, Rivera and a partner drove to Englewood Cliffs and robbed a person at gunpoint of a Richard Mille watch worth over $250,000, prosecutors said.

Rivera primarily robbed jewelry stores in New York between October 2019 and November 2020, stealing Richard Mille, Rolex, Audemars Piguet and Patek Philippe watches, authorities said. During a robbery, he shot someone outside the victim’s home, officials said. A robbery took place in Long Island, New York.

The most valuable watch Rivera took was a Richard Mille worth over $500,000 in a January 14, 2020 robbery in the Rego Park Queens section.

An accused co-conspirator in some of the robberies, Johan Araujo, is awaiting sentencing. Other crew members have not been named.

Rivera also faces three years of supervised release after serving his prison sentence.

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Jeff Goldman can be reached at [email protected].

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