Feds Nab Alleged Jewel Thief, Bank Robber

SCRANTON — A man from Luzerne County faces charges for two jewelry store robberies, a bank robbery, and an insurance fraud scheme.

A federal grand jury in Scranton charged Kirk Robinson, 45, of Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday.

Investigators said the hold-ups were at Steve Hydock Diamonds in Kingston May 5, 2008 and Dunay Jewelry store, Wilkes-Barre, on May 14, 2008. Robinson is also accused of being involved in the robbery of the M&T Bank in Hanover Township on October 30, 2010.

The grand jury charged Robinson with a mail fraud scheme involving a fake jewelry robbery staged to get $43,000 from an insurance company in 2009.

Robinson is scheduled to appear in federal court in Scranton next week.