Guilty Plea In Bank, Jewelry Robberies, Fraud

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WILKES-BARRE — A man accused of bank robbery, jewelry store robberies, and insurance fraud has pleaded guilty in federal court.

Prosecutors said Kirk Robinson, 45, of Wilkes-Barre pleaded guilty last week.

Investigators said the hold-ups were at Steve Hydock Diamonds in Kingston May 5, 2008 and Dunay Jewelry, 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.