HARTFORD, Conn. (WWLP) – Two men have pleaded guilty in federal court to a conspiracy to burglarize outlet stores in six states, including Massachusetts and Connecticut. Cuban citizens Alionis Perez, 40, and Yoandrys Cue, 30, admitted to the theft of $500,000 in merchandise from the Michael Kors store in Lee, as part of the multi-state crime spree in which more than $1.86 million in goods was stolen.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Connecticut, which prosecuted the case, the thefts began in August of 2013, when Perez, Cue, and others broke into the Fossil outlet store at the Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets in Connecticut. After disabling the store’s alarm system, the thieves made off with about $250,000 worth of watches.
Through the fall, prosecutors say that the crew pulled off or attempted several heists, including an unsuccessful break-in attempt at the Movado store in Kittery, Maine, and a very profitable burglary at the Fossil store in Hagerstown, Maryland- netting $750,000 in stolen watches. On November 22, the two suspects and their accomplices stole a van and traveled from New Jersey to the Lee Premium Outlets, where they disabled the alarm system of the Michael Kors store and stole watches and a leather bag. They then drove to Staten Island, New York, where they ditched the van before returning to New Jersey.
Perez also pleaded guilty to charges in connection with a separate burglary scheme involving store break-ins in Missouri, Kansas, and Tennessee, where he was ultimately caught.
Cue pleaded guilty at U.S. District Court in Hartford on Friday, while Perez entered his guilty plea on Monday. Both are being held pending their sentencing in August. Perez faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, while Cue faces a maximum of five years.