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For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Wisconsin

Matthew D. Krueger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on November 3, 2020, James Patrick Quinn (age: 55) of Youngstown, Ohio, was charged by criminal complaint for his involvement in the July 12, 2016, burglary of Treiber & Straub Jewelers in Brookfield, Wisconsin. Quinn was arrested on November 10, 2020, and a federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment against Quinn on November 17, 2020.

According to the charging documents, three disguised individuals broke into Treiber & Straub Jewelers in Brookfield, Wisconsin, breached the store’s vault, and took a large quantity of goods and merchandise. The three burglars were captured by surveillance video. They cut communications lines and disabled exterior lighting and alarms to evade detection, and forced their way inside the store. The indictment alleges that Quinn and his co-actors conspired to carry out this burglary, and to transport and sell the stolen proceeds of the theft in interstate commerce. As part of the conspiracy, Quinn allegedly traveled to Wisconsin on at least two occasions, and returned to Ohio shortly after the burglary. According to the complaint, the value of the jewelry, diamonds, watches, and other valuables taken was estimated at over $7 million.

The complaint further alleges that Quinn possessed and attempted to conceal materials connected to gemstones that were taken during the burglary, and that a smartphone belonging to Quinn contained location information placing the device in the Brookfield area in the hours before the burglary. The indictment charges Quinn with Conspiracy to Commit Offenses against the United States, Transportation of Stolen Goods, and Sale or Receipt of Stolen Goods. If convicted, he faces a maximum of five years’ imprisonment for the conspiracy count, as well as ten years’ imprisonment on each of the stolen property counts.

“As alleged, Quinn and his co-actors engaged in a sophisticated, high-stakes heist,” said U.S. Attorney Krueger. “The charges resulted from excellent cooperation and dogged investigation by the FBI and its state and local law enforcement partners.”

FBI Special Agent in Charge, Robert Hughes said  “The FBI has a long history of working with our law enforcement partners to investigate multimillion dollar criminal enterprises.  I commend the efforts our special agents and local police departments in working collaboratively, interstate to bring those responsible to justice

This matter is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Brookfield (WI) Police Department, with assistance from the Canfield (OH) Police Department, Boardman (OH) Police Department, and Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation. It will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Laura Kwaterski and Farris Martini.

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Updated November 17, 2020