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$1.5M Robbery: 4 Sentenced for Arizona Jewelry Crime

Each defendant pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree burglary and one count of armed robbery.




Four people have been sentenced to prison in the 2022 armed robbery of a jewelry store in Glendale, AZ.

Each defendant pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree burglary and one count of armed robbery, according to a press release from Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell.

KTAR-TV reports that the crime happened at the Jared store at Arrowhead Towne Center.

“In March of last year, the defendants walked into a jewelry store, zip-tied some of the people who were inside and robbed $1.5 million in jewelry and cash. Police arrived at the scene while the defendants were in the act of robbing the store,” according to the release. “The defendants also brandished a weapon and used it to threaten employees and customers.”

The defendants and their sentences are as follows:

  • Gary Wayne Freeny, half a year
  • Monta Lamont Harris, 11 years 3 months
  • Deandre Donte Haven, seven years
  • Kenneth Ray Walton Jr., eight years

“The victims in this case lived through terrifying moments as they feared for their lives at the hands of criminals,” Mitchell said. “Our office was relentless in the pursuit of justice for those nine individuals inside the store; the money and jewelry taken were recovered.”




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