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January 18, 2018

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High-end jewelry heists were par for Las Vegas thief who now faces prison term

A thief who targeted wealthy patrons at golf courses across the United States pleaded guilty Monday to federal theft charges in Las Vegas.

Jeffrey Cochran, 47, Las Vegas, admitted he stole more than $300,000 in high-end jewelry from people at golf courses in multiple states, including Nevada, and sold it at trade shows, jewelry stores and pawn shops, according to Daniel G. Bogden, U.S. attorney in Nevada.

Cochran pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Gloria M. Navarro to two counts of possession and sale of stolen goods.

According to a plea agreement, from about Sept. 15, 2010, to March 10, 2012, Cochran stole jewelry, including Tag Heuer and Rolex watches, from individuals at golf courses in other states and transported the goods to Las Vegas for sale at jewelry and pawn stores. Cochran also stole jewelry from individuals at golf courses in Las Vegas and transported the stolen jewelry to other states to sell at trade shows and jewelry and pawn stores.

The agreement, signed by Cochran and federal prosecutors, put the provable loss associated with Cochran’s theft at $300,895.

Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 18. Cochran faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine on each count

The FBI and the Metro Police’s Special Investigations Section investigated the case, which was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christina M. Brown.

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