Eight people from South Florida have been charged in a string of jewelry heists across several states–including Connecticut–that resulted in $6 million worth of loot.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says the suspects operating multiple crews of burglars who would hit jewelry stores and pawn shops by cutting holes in the roofs, disabling alarms and surveillance systems and using torches to access safes.

Authorities say from December 2008 to July 2010, members of the “crews” hit numerous jewelry stores and pawn shops in Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and in West Haven, Connecticut.

The suspects had been arrested in May and charged with racketeering and conspiracy to commit racketeering. Authorities are still looking for one more man, 40-year-old Osvaldo Cruz.


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