Man pleads guilty to theft of East Peoria Federal Warehouse

By WEEK Reporter

July 2, 2013 Updated Jul 3, 2013 at 11:27 AM CDT

MIAMI, FL -- Prosecutors announced Monday that a Cuban man has plead guilty in connection to a 2010 theft at the East Peoria Federal Warehouse.

Amed Villa, 48, was arrested by Florida police in May of 2012. He was accused of stealing 3,500 cases of cigarettes in January of 2010 from the East Peoria facility.

The warehouse was accessed by a hole cut in the roof and the security system was bypassed. A ladder and tools were discovered near the hole in the roof.

Villa and his brother allegedly specialized in heists of cigarettes and other big-ticket items. Five semi-trailer trucks were used in the East Peoria robbery.

Villa also plead guilty to a March 2010 theft in Connecticut in which he and his associates took $90 million in pharmaceuticals.

VIlla pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit theft from an interstate shipment and two counts of theft from an interstate shipment. Villa faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 25 years.

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