Man sentenced for $1.5-million jewel robbery in San Diego

July 12, 2018

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A man who took part in a $1.5 million robbery of a jewelry salesman in San Diego has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

The San Diego Union-Tribune says Jonathan Ortiz was sentenced Thursday for armed robbery and assault causing great bodily injury.

Prosecutors say Ortiz and an accomplice followed a New York-based jewelry salesman to a supermarket in the University Town Center two years ago and attacked him, stealing diamond and pearl necklaces, bracelets and rings.

The victim was kicked during a struggle over his backpack and suffered permanent eye damage.

Ortiz was acquitted of a similar $600,000 jewelry theft in San Diego whose bankrupted victim later killed himself.

An accomplice, Diego Rojas, pleaded guilty in April to both robberies and was sentenced to 21 years in prison.

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