Suspect sentenced to prison for sophisticated multi-million dollar burglary

Brookfield, WI – On August 19, 2022, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Wisconsin issued a press release announcing that James Quinn, 55, of Youngstown, OH was sentenced to 57 months of federal imprisonment for his involvement in a burglary at a jewelry store in Brookfield, WI overnight July 11-12 2016.

The press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office is posted verbatim below:

Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Wisconsin

Friday, August 19, 2022


Richard G. Frohling, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on August 18, 2022, James P. Quinn (age: 57) of Youngstown, Ohio, was sentenced to a 57-month term of federal imprisonment by United States District Judge Lynn S. Adelman. Quinn had earlier pleaded guilty to charges of criminal conspiracy and interstate transportation of stolen property.

According to public court filings, Quinn and at least two others burglarized Treiber & Straub Jewelers in Brookfield, Wisconsin, during the night of July 11-12, 2016. They defeated security systems and cut a hole in a reinforced concrete wall to breach the store’s vault. The burglars took jewelry and other valuables worth more than $4 million and returned to Ohio.

In announcing the sentence, Judge Adelman noted Quinn’s history of similar conduct. Judge Adelman indicated that a substantial prison term was required because Quinn had the ability to earn legitimate income and had not been deterred by prior terms of imprisonment. Quinn will also be responsible for more than $4 million in forfeiture and restitution.

“This defendant now has been prosecuted three times for various federal offenses,” said U.S. Attorney Frohling. “His latest offense caused extensive damage and resulted not only in the loss of jewelry owned by the store but also victimized individuals who happened to have items at the store for service or repair. I commend the excellent collaboration between federal, state, and local law enforcement in Wisconsin and Ohio to bring some measure of justice to the victims in this case.”

This investigation is being handled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Brookfield (WI) Police Department, with assistance from the Canfield (OH) Police Department, Boardman (OH) Police Department, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Farris Martini and Laura S. Kwaterski.


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Updated August 19, 2022

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