You might call Miguel Ortiz a gold digger. A judge sentenced the Jersey City man to 20 years for burglarizing Indian American homes for gold in New Jersey’s Burlington County, reported PhillyBurbs.com.
Man’s quest for gold is nothing new. Some have acquired it by digging for it, others by stealing it,” Judge Charles Delehey said. “Here, they are sinister, analytical, methodical, and by a stroke of wrongful good luck, they learned how to locate the gold, not at the end of the rainbow, but in the homes of Indian-Americans. Mr. Ortiz and his fellow burglars are skilled and experienced in their craft.”
The judge also ordered Ortiz to pay restitution totaling $35,000 to his victims, just a portion of what a jury convicted him of stealing from at least 9 homes. In one home alone, prosecutors say he took off with nearly 100 pieces of jewelry worth 60- $70,000.
You can read a lot more about Ortiz crime spree in PhillyBurbs.com.