- Associated Press - Friday, January 6, 2017

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) - A jewelry thief whose crimes date back more than two decades won’t serve jail time for charges he stole a diamond ring from a Westerly shop.

The Westerly Sun (https://bit.ly/2iY8qGN ) reports that 59-year-old Robert Petrino Sr., of Boston, turned himself in to Westerly police Wednesday on one count of larceny over $1,500.

Court records show Petrino pleaded no contest to the charge on Thursday and received a suspended two-year prison sentence.

Police say Petrino walked out of the store with the ring on Sept. 16.

Petrino has been convicted of a jewelry theft in Connecticut in 1991. He was also convicted of stealing two large diamonds worth nearly $80,000 in Kansas. Records indicate he has been connected to thefts in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Jersey.

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Information from: The Westerly Sun, https://www.thewesterlysun.com

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