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Man indicted for role in As Am targeted burglary ring

A New Jersey man pleaded guilty for his role in a conspiracy that targeted the homes of Asian American business owners for burglaries across New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware.

U.S. District Judge Evelyn Padin in Newark federal court charged Randi Barr, 41, of Vauxhall, New Jersey, with one count of conspiracy to commit interstate transportation of stolen property, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger last Thursday. 

According to information filed in the case, Barr and co-conspirators intentionally targeted Asian small business owners by surveilling these individuals and burglarizing their homes of valuables. This took place over a period from 2016 to 2019. 

The burglary ring transported the stolen goods in interstate commerce, which included Barr’s residences in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. 

There are several ongoing investigations into other Asian American targeted burglaries, including theft of cash and valuables from Asian business owners in Pennsylvania and in New Jersey. 

Barr faces a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine or twice the amount of money involved in the offense, according to Sellinger. His sentencing is scheduled for April 25, 2023.

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