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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Utah

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 21, 2020

FBI, St. George Police Department Investigation Leads To Arrest Of Individual In Connection To Jewelry Store Robbery

ST. GEORGE, UT – A Las Vegas man, who posed as an FBI agent and then robbed Seven Oaks Fine Jewelers in St. George at gunpoint in September, is in federal custody following an investigation by the FBI and the St. George Police Department. 

Kevin White, age 57, of Las Vegas, was arrested Monday afternoon in Las Vegas on a federal complaint and arrest warrant charging him with one count of Hobbs Act robbery. The FBI Criminal Apprehension Team, comprised of officers and agents from the FBI, Las Vegas Metro Police Department, the Henderson Police Department, and the North Las Vegas Police Department. FBI agents from St. George and the St. George Police Department also assisted.

The federal complaint was unsealed Tuesday morning during an initial appearance for White in St. George.  White will remain in custody. A detention hearing may be held later.  

White, who has used at least 17 aliases, is currently on federal supervised release after serving 165 months in prison for an armed robbery of a Las Vegas jewelry store. According to a sentencing memo filed in the Nevada case, White is an eight-time felon who has committed multiple robberies.           

According to the complaint, two employees were working at the family-owned jewelry store in St. George on Sept. 28, 2019, when a black male entered the store about 1:05 p.m.  He was wearing a straw cowboy hat, a black jacket with “FBI” on the back, and a metal FBI badge on a lanyard around his neck.  He was carrying a black portfolio, handcuffs, and a handheld radio.  He also had a handgun in a holster on his right hip. 

The man represented to the store employees that he was an FBI agent, the complaint alleges.  He retrieved multiple FBI wanted posters from the portfolio and showed them to the victim employees. He told the employees that the fugitives had been in the St. George area and asked the employees if they recognized any of the fugitives.  He also asked whether anyone else was working in the store. The employees told him they did not recognize the fugitives and they were the only ones working in the store at that time.

The complaint alleges the man placed the posters back in the folder and began to leave the store. He then turned toward a display case and began asking questions about several jewelry items.  He told the employees he “came in looking for a suspect, might be leaving with an engagement ring.” The two employees, one standing behind the counter and one a few feet from the man, displayed several jewelry items for the man.

According to the complaint, at one point the man directed the employee standing near him to get behind the display counter with the other employee and pulled out a black handgun.  The complaint alleges the man, referring to a silent alarm, told the employees, “If you hit the button, I’ll kill you.”  The man grabbed the jewelry items from the display counter and put them into a bag.  He also told the employees he would kill them if the exit doors were locked.  The victim employees feared for their lives.

He left the store with 27 pieces of jewelry valued at $39,214, the complaint alleges.  In his haste, he left behind a brown fabric bag and his black portfolio.

Investigators submitted the bag and portfolio with its contents to the FBI Laboratory for forensic analysis. Agents were notified April 13, 2020, that a male DNA profile had been obtained from the portfolio in the textured material near the exterior stitching. The DNA profile matched White. Physical descriptions of the suspect provided by the victim employees and surveillance images from the business, matched White’s appearance.

The potential maximum penalty for a Hobbs Act robbery is 20 years in prison. 

Complaints are not findings of guilt.  Individuals charged in a complaint are presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty in court.

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Violent Crime
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Updated April 21, 2020