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Robber of $2.3 million at North Star Mall jewelry store caught, pleads guility

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The second robber of $2.3 million woth of jewelry and merchandise of a North Star Mall store in 2010 pleady guility Thursday morning in Judge Pamela Mathy’s court in San Antonio.

Johnny Kirk, 45, said he robbed the Lee Michaels Jewelry store along with Marvin Steele, both of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

The two robbers walked into the store on March 24, 2010 with firearms and a blue laundry bag threating violence.

It took the FBI and police investigators in San Antonio just several months to track down the two when they discovered a Rolex watch, stolen in the heist, was sold.

With search warrants, agents were able to recover the Rolex watches and other jewelry worth about $800,000 at the Steele residence.

United States Attorney Robert Pitman; FBI Special Agent In Charge Armando Fernandez, San Antonio Division; and San Antonio Police Chief William McManus announced the guilty please yesterday in a press release.

“Kirk pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting the transportation of stolen goods and one count of aiding and abetting the interference with commerce by threats and violence,” the release indicates. “Kirk remains in federal custody pending sentencing, which is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on March 3, 2014, before Senior United States District Judge David Ezra.”

Steel was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison on October 7, 2013 and will pay $1,173,134 in restitution. .

“This investigation was conducted by the FBI/SAPD Safe Streets Task Force along with the Oklahoma FBI and the SAPD Robbery Unit. Assistant United States Attorneys Tom Moore and Michael Hardy are prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.”

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