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Austintown man approved for house arrest

Accused in July 2016 burglary of jewelry store

YOUNGSTOWN — James P. Quinn, 55, of New Road, Austintown, was arraigned Monday in U.S. District Court here on charges accusing him of taking part in a $7 million jewelry heist in the Milwaukee area.

Magistrate Judge Carmen E. Henderson oversaw the video hearing. After hearing from a defense witness, the magistrate judge denied the federal government’s request for Quinn to be held in a detention facility.

Quinn was granted a $20,000 bond pending the approval of his home as the location where he will be held on house arrest and installation of location-monitoring equipment. Until those approvals are obtained, Quinn will remain in federal custody.

Among the conditions of his bond are that he submit to supervision requirements of a U.S. pretrial services officer, surrender any passport or travel related documents, abide by limits in his travel to the Eastern District of Wisconsin and Northern District of Illinois and Indiana, and not possess a firearm or other weapon. He must participate in home detention monitoring with location monitoring technology at the discretion of his pretrial services officer.

His initial appearance in federal court in the Eastern District of Wisconsin will be at 11 a.m. Monday Eastern Time over Zoom.

According to an affidavit filed by a special agent for the FBI, there is probable cause that Quinn and others participated in an organized burglary July 12, 2016, of Treiber and Straub Jewelers in suburban Milwaukee and subsequently transported the stolen goods to Ohio.

According to the document, the burglars cut phone and cable lines, removed light bulbs and sprayed foam into external audio alarm systems before prying open the back door to the jewelers. They then disabled the interior alarm and cut a hole into the vault using sledgehammers and power tools, taking more than $7 million in jewelry, diamonds, watches and other valuables.

Investigators tracked down Quinn through a photo of two men “casing the Wisconsin store,” one year prior to the burglary. On July 16, 2019, the affidavit noted the FBI agent traveled to the Mahoning Valley and met with local law enforcement officials, including FBI, Ohio BCI and investigators from the Canfield and Boardman police departments. These authorities identified one of the subjects in the picture as Quinn.

On July 18, 2019, authorities tracked down Quinn to his Austintown address. When they approached Quinn, he tried to flee. After a brief chase, Quinn was caught in a nearby woods.

Quinn had dropped a white object during the chase, and authorities recovered a white plastic bag that contained a cellphone, two green money bags, a T-shirt and blue nitrile gloves. One of the money bags contained $8,712 in cash with the other containing $236, the affidavit states.

Also recovered from the bag were three paper envelopes that had writing on them indicating carat weight, cut, clarity and three Gemological Institute of America report numbers. According to the FBI agent, these envelopes are consistent with packaging that is used by jewelers to ship and store loose diamonds.

A jeweler with Treiber and Straub confirmed that diamonds identified with the GIA numbers found on Quinn were taken during the July 2016 burglary, the document states.

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