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Man indicted in Cobb County diamond heist
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Man indicted in Cobb County diamond heist

KENNESAW, Ga. -- A Florida man has been charged with racketeering in a million-dollar diamond heist in Cobb County.

Osniel Labrada-Guillen was indicted Thursday by a Cobb County Grand Jury. He faces two counts of violating the Georgia RICO Act.

The burglary happened between Jan. 13 and Jan. 14, 2010, at Diamonds R Forever on Wade Green Road in Kennesaw. According to the investigation, someone cut holes in the store's roof, disabled the phone and alarm systems, broke into a safe and stole more than $1 million worth of jewelry.

Police later found a plastic bin filled with items taken in the burglary. DNA was recovered from a plastic spoon found inside the bin, but did not immediately help police identify a suspect.

A similar burglary was committed at a jewelry store in Greenwood, Ind., in 2012. Police collected DNA from a ski mask found at the scene and determined the crime was committed by the same suspect who burglarized Diamonds R Forever.

Both cases went unsolved until September 2014, when the DNA was matched to Miami Gardens, Fla., resident Labrada-Guillen.

The 30-year-old suspect was arrested in Florida and was moved to the Cobb County Jail last month. He is being held without bond.

Each count of racketeering carries a penalty of five to 20 years in prison.

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