Salinas robbery mastermind sentenced

February 29, 2008 9:44:31 PM PST
Federal prosecutors announced today that the mastermind behind the April 2004 robbery of $314,000 from a Salinas convenience store and check cashing business owner has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison.

Jorge Lopez, 37, pleaded guilty in October 2007 to the robbery of Young Kim, the owner of The Corner Market store in Salinas. Lopez admitted being tipped off that Kim was making a large withdrawal from her bank by his girlfriend Christina Flores, who was the bank's customer service manager at the time.

Lopez, Flores and a third person, Jose Campos, were indicted by a grand jury in April 2006 on federal charges in connection with the robbery. Flores pleaded guilty last year and was sentenced to two years in prison. Campos was sentenced to five and a half years in prison after also pleading guilty.

All three were sentenced in U.S. District Court in San Jose.