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Bucks County man convicted of 30 charges in burglary ring

BUCKS COUNTY, Pa. - A Bucks County man was sentenced Tuesday after a jury convicted him of all 30 charges in connection with burglary, robbery and assault. 

Oliver Cabrera, 27, of Trenton will serve a minimum of 12 and a half years behind bars to a maximum of 25 and a half years. This sentence will begin after he completes a sentence he's already serving in New Jersey for similar crimes. 

Officials say Cabrera helped burglarize five Bucks County houses that were unoccupied before robbing and assaulting an elderly couple in their home. These incidents took place in late July to mid-September 2012 in Middletown, Lower Makefield and Upper Makefield Townships. 

The crimes he committed were part of a New-Jersey based burglary and robbery ring, which hit 18 homes in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, according to the Bucks County DA. The group would forcibly enter the houses when no one was home, steal jewelry, guns, computers, money and even a Lexus vehicle. Three families lost more than $19,000 each, according to officials. 

In one incident in which Cabrera was involved, the men entered a home wearing masks and carrying guns. They pushed a 78-year-old woman to the floor, covered her face with pillows and bound her hands with zip ties so tight they bled and turned blue. 

The men then zip-tied her 79-year-old husband's hands, held a gun to his head and forced him to walk through the house to show them where any hidden cash was located.

The elderly couple suffered a loss of just over $24,000. 

The Bucks County DA said two of Cabrera's co-defendants have been convicted and ordered to pay a joint total of over $84,000 in restitution to the victims.

Cabrera received 20 years of consecutive probation in addition to his prison sentence. 

 


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