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Suspect in $4 million New York jewelry heist arrested in Zephyrhills

Pedro Davila was taken into custody on a rural stretch of roadway, three weeks after he and two others held up a store, authorities said.
Pedro Davila, 27, was arrested in Pasco County three weeks after he robbed a New York City jewelry store, authorities said. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
Pedro Davila, 27, was arrested in Pasco County three weeks after he robbed a New York City jewelry store, authorities said. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
Published Sep. 18, 2019

ZEPHYRHILLS — A man accused of a robbery caught on video in New York City’s diamond district has been tracked down and arrested in Zephyrhills.

Pedro Davila, 27, of the Bronx, is facing federal charges of robbery and brandishing a firearm after he and two other men entered a jewelry store at about 11:30 a.m. Aug. 25 on West 47th Street in Manhattan, according to a complaint.

They showed their guns and ordered four of the store’s employees to lie on the ground, the complaint said. They bound the hands and feet of the employees using zip ties and duct tape, picked up jewelry from around the store and put it in bags.

The value of the jewelry stolen from Avianne & Co. Jewelers, 28 W. 47th St., was estimated at $4 million, according to reports from New York news outlets. They robbers entered the store pretending to be customers before pulling out handguns.

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Using facial recognition technology, the New York Police Department identified Davila and Jaysean Sutton as two of the three suspects involved in the robbery, NBC 4 New York reported.

Only Davila has been apprehended.

He was arrested in Florida at about 8 p.m. Sunday, three weeks after the robbery, in the 38000 block of Springdale Road — a rural stretch of road just south of the Zephyrhills Correctional Center on U.S. 301, according to a Pasco County Sheriff’s Office report.

A deputy stopped Davila because he matched the description of a wanted person, the report said. It was not clear why Davila was in Pasco County.

Davila was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of providing a false name or ID after saying his name was Luis Nunez and Christopher Gonzalez. He was taken to the Pasco County Jail.

Davila was transported Monday afternoon to the Pinellas County Jail, where he was being held for the U.S. Marshals Service, according to court records.


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