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Samantha Joseph Gets 3+ Years For Being ‘Inside Job’ Person In Rock City Jewelry Store Heist

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 25-year-old St. Thomas native was sentenced in federal court for her role as the “inside person” in a jewelry store robbery in 2015.

On February 2, 2017, District Court Judge Curtis Gomez sentenced Samantha Joseph, 25, of St. Thomas, to three years and five months’ imprisonment and three years of supervised release for conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery, U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe said.

Judge Gomez also ordered Joseph to perform 400 hours of community service and pay a $100 special assessment. On September 29, 2016, Joseph pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery.

According to the plea agreement, Joseph, an employee of Signature Jewelers at the time, conspired with other individuals to rob the store. Joseph agreed to hold the door open so that her co-conspirators could gain entry.

On August 19, 2015, Joseph’s co-conspirators entered the store and brandished a weapon to threaten and intimidate store employees.

The robbers used duct tape to bind and gag the victims and then fled the store with cash and merchandise.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Anna Vlasova.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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