Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Man Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison for Interstate Burglary Scheme
TRENTON, NJ—A Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, man was sentenced today to 30 months in prison for his role in transporting goods stolen through a string of commercial burglaries throughout northern and southern New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Eliezer Medina, 37, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Mary L. Cooper to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to transport stolen goods in interstate commerce. Judge Cooper imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
From November 2013 through August 2014, Medina conspired with his brother, José Medina, 39, to steal money by burglarizing stores in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere, and then transport the stolen money across state lines. He admitted burglarizing at least three stores in Paramus, New Jersey, and Pennsauken, New Jersey, and to stealing approximately $625,000. The burglaries followed the same general pattern, including advance surveillance, disabling of the alarm systems and the use of pry-bars and vertical cuts to gain access to the stores’ safes.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Cooper sentenced Medina to two years of supervised release. He must also forfeit $625,000.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI in Newark, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Richard M. Frankel, and special agents of the FBI in Philadelphia Branch, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge William F. Sweeney Jr., with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing. He also thanked the Paramus, New Jersey; Wayne, New Jersey; and Pennsauken Township, New Jersey, police departments; the N.J. State Police; and the Lancaster City, Pennsylvania; East Lampert, Pennsylvania; Manor Township, Pennsylvania; Manheim Township, Pennsylvania; and East Hempfield, Pennsylvania, police departments for their work on the case.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa Wangenheim of the General Crimes Unit in Newark.
José Medina remains charged by complaint with conspiracy to transport stolen goods in interstate commerce. The charges and allegations in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant remains innocent unless and until proven guilty.