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Man sentenced to eight years in prison for Takoma Park jewelry store robbery

He previously was convicted of twice trying to enter U.S. illegally after being deported

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A man was sentenced to eight years and four months in prison for his role in a jewelry store robbery in Takoma Park two years ago, which involved more than 400 pieces of jewelry worth more than $167,000.

Douglas Amilcar-Vasquez, 35, of Mexico, was sentenced on Wednesday for stealing the jewelry and $7,900 in cash from the store on Feb. 16, 2019, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Ever Ramiro Torres-Enriquez, 25, of Silver Spring, was the other man involved in the robbery.

Amilcar-Vasquez has two previous convictions for trying to illegally enter the United States after being deported, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Amilcar-Vasquez said in his plea agreement that he and Torres-Enriquez went to the jewelry store, with Torres-Enriquez pretending to look for jewelry for his girlfriend, according to a press release.

Amilcar-Vasquez then went into the store with a handgun and demanded cash and jewelry. Torres-Enriquez pulled out a rifle from under his clothes and pointed it at people in the store, demanding money and jewelry, according to the press release.

Amilcar-Vasquez stole a necklace from around a customer’s neck, then he and Torres-Enriquez stole more than 400 pieces of jewelry worth $167,067.11, and $7,900 in cash, according to the press release.

The two men then carjacked two males at gunpoint in a nearby vehicle and drove away. The vehicle was later recovered.

Amilcar-Vasquez and his relatives pawned some of the stolen jewelry, and surveillance video from a pawn shop in Houston shows him wearing the necklace he stole from the customer’s neck at the store, according to the press release.

Neither man wore gloves during the robbery. Amilcar-Vasquez was later identified as a suspect when his palm print was identified on one of the jewelry store’s glass counters, and it matched a DNA sample found on gloves in the stolen vehicle, according to the press release. He was later arrested.

Torres-Enriquez was sentenced to seven years in prison on Jan. 12 for his role in the robbery.

Amilcar-Vasquez was sentenced Wednesday to eight years and four months in prison, and must pay $174,967 in restitution.

Amilcar-Vasquez’s attorney, Manuel Retureta, could not immediately be reached for comment Friday morning.

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com