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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 19, 2020

Member Of International Burglary Crew Pleads Guilty To Racketeering

Burglary Crew Conducted Over a Dozen Heists and Attempted Heists in the United States and Europe Between 2006 and 2017, Stole Over $10 Million in Jewelry

Audrey Strauss, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today the guilty plea of DAMIR PEJCINOVIC, a/k/a “Damian,” a/k/a “CoCo,” to participating in a criminal organization that committed a series of burglaries and engaged in the interstate transportation of stolen goods between 2006 and 2017.  PEJCINOVIC pled guilty today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin Nathaniel Fox.  Gzimi Bojkovic, a/k/a “Jimmy,” pled guilty on October 7, 2019, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ona T. Wang.  Adrian Fiseku pled guilty on March 13, 2020, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ona T. Wang.  Elvis Cirikovic, a/k/a “Gorilla,” pled guilty on August 26, 2019, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Katharine H. Parker.

Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said:  “As they have now admitted, the defendants were part of a sophisticated criminal enterprise that carried out burglaries on both sides of the Atlantic, to the tune of over $10 million.  We continue our daily work with our law enforcement partners to vigorously investigate criminal organizations that commit crimes in New York City and elsewhere.  We especially want to thank the FBI and the NYPD for their outstanding work on this case.”

As alleged in the Indictment and statements made in open court:

Between 2006 and April 2017, DAMIR PEJCINOVIC, a/k/a “Damian,” a/k/a “CoCo,” Gzimi Bojkovic, a/k/a “Jimmy,” Adrian Fiseku, and Elvis Cirikovic, a/k/a “Gorilla,” participated in a criminal organization whose members and associates engaged in, among other things, the commission of burglaries and interstate transportation and sale of stolen goods.  The criminal organization operated principally in New York City, California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida, Massachusetts, Maine, and Europe.  Members and associates of the organization committed, conspired to commit, and attempted to commit numerous burglaries of jewelry stores and banks, as well as the interstate transportation and sale of stolen property from the burglaries.  PEJCINOVIC, Bojkovic, Fiseku, Cirikovic, and other members and associates of the criminal organization committed the following burglaries and attempted burglaries:

On March 29, 2008, PEJCINOVIC, Bojkovic, and Cirikovic participated in a burglary of a jewelry store in Manhattan, which resulted in the theft of jewelry valued at over $2.5 million.

On October 11, 2008, PEJCINOVIC and Cirikovic participated in an attempted burglary of a jewelry store in Germany, attempting to steal gold valued at more than €10 million.

On July 26, 2009, PEJCINOVIC and Bojkovic participated in a burglary of a jewelry store in Manhattan, which resulted in the theft of jewelry valued at over $850,000.

On August 25, 2010, PEJCINOVIC participated in an attempted burglary of a jewelry store in Manhattan.

On August 28, 2010, PEJCINOVIC and Bojkovic participated in a burglary of a jewelry store in Beverly Hills, which resulted in the theft of jewelry valued at over $70,000.

On September 5, 2010, PEJCINOVIC participated in a burglary of a jewelry store in Kansas City, which resulted in the theft, interstate transportation, and sale of jewelry valued at over $1 million.

On February 19, 2011, PEJCINOVIC, Cirikovic, and Fiseku participated in a jewelry store in Los Angeles, which resulted in the theft, interstate transportation, and sale of jewelry valued at over $3 million.

In the summer of 2011, PEJCINOVIC participated in an attempted burglary of a jewelry store in Brooklyn.

On September 16, 2011, PEJCINOVIC and Cirikovic participated in a burglary of a jewelry store in Los Angeles, which resulted in the theft of jewelry valued at over $150,000.

In the fall of 2012, PEJCINOVIC and Bojkovic participated in an attempted burglary of a bank in Philadelphia.

On June 30, 2012, PEJCINOVIC and Cirikovic participated in an attempted burglary of a bank in Scarsdale.

On July 22, 2012, PEJCINOVIC participated in an attempted burglary of a jewelry store in Manhattan.

In the fall of 2013, PEJCINOVIC, Bojkovic, and Cirikovic participated in the burglary of a jewelry store in New Jersey.

On December 31, 2016, PEJCINOVIC, Bojkovic, and Fiseku participated in the burglary of a jewelry store in Manhattan, which resulted in the theft, interstate transportation, and sale of jewelry valued at over $3 million.

On March 20, 2017, PEJCINOVIC, Bojkovic, and Fiseku participated in the burglary of a jewelry store in Los Angeles, which resulted in the theft of jewelry valued at over $2 million.                

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PEJCINOVIC, Bojkovic, Fiseku, and Cirikovic each pled guilty to racketeering conspiracy, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.  The maximum potential sentences are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencings of the defendants will be determined by the judge.

PEJCINOVIC is scheduled to be sentenced on March 9, 2021. 

Bojkovic was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero on November 17, 2020, to 36 months in prison. 

Fiseku is scheduled to be sentenced on January 22, 2021. 

Cirikovic was sentenced by Judge Marrero on January 13, 2020, to 27 months in prison.

Ms. Strauss praised the outstanding investigative work of the FBI and the NYPD.  Ms. Strauss also thanked the Los Angeles Police Department, Beverly Hills Police Department, Kansas City Police Department, Portland Police Department, German Federal Police, Interpol, Europol, the Office of International Affairs, and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office for their assistance in this investigation.

This case is being handled by the Office’s Violent & Organized Crime Unit.  Assistant United States Attorneys Andrew K. Chan, Margaret Graham, and Jamie Bagliebter are in charge of the prosecution.

The charges contained in the Indictment are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Contact: 
James Margolin, Nicholas Biase (212) 637-2600
Press Release Number: 
20-262
Updated November 19, 2020