- Associated Press - Saturday, September 23, 2017

CINCINNATI (AP) - A federal grand jury has indicted five Ohio residents in the robbery of a diamond and jewelry merchant from Monroeville, Pennsylvania.

The federal prosecutor for Ohio’s southern district says the Middletown residents were indicted this month on a charge of conspiring to commit a Hobbs Act robbery.

That federal law prohibits interference with interstate commerce. Violating it is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

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U.S. Attorney Ben Glassman says the government is seeking forfeiture of more than $1 million obtained as a result of the April 2 robbery. His statement didn’t specify details about how that allegedly occurred.

The FBI began investigating after the merchant filed a police report in Pennsylvania.

Three defendants appeared in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati on Friday. Two are in state custody.

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