PORTLAND, Ore. — A man described as a ringleader of a coast-to-coast ring of diamond thieves has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
The Oregonian reported that Ernest Remor was sentenced Monday by a federal judge in Portland, Oregon.
A woman described as a minor figure in the thefts got three years of probation.
The newspaper says that from late 2009 to the middle of 2011, eight thieves grabbed high-value diamonds from 23 jewelry stores from Portland to Vero Beach, Fla.
Court documents say the gang sent one or more members into the stores to charm employees, sometimes posing as lovers looking for an engagement ring. Once inside, they identified high-value diamonds and security vulnerabilities.
Next the thieves appeared at jewelry counters to look at diamond rings. Once they had the rings, they dashed to getaway cars. In one case they escaped on a personal watercraft.