Homeless man gets prison time for rash of robberies in Berks

READING, Pa. - A man will spend up to 25 years behind bars for a rash of robberies he committed in and around Reading while being homeless.

Julio Diaz was sentenced to 12-1/2 to 25 years in state prison, followed by 10 years' probation, after entering a non-negotiated guilty plea to charges related to a string of robberies, according to Berks County District Attorney John Adams.

Diaz, who was last known to have been living in the Lancaster area, committed the holdups in Reading and other locations in Berks County between December 2017 and January 2018.

The robberies included that of a taxi cab driver and the V&S Sandwich Shop on North Ninth Street.

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