Stratford's Nieves Makes Plea in $1 Million Watch Theft Case

Edgewood Street man pleads guilty under Alford Doctrine.

Stratford's Gilberto Nieves, 38, has pleaded guilty under the Alford Doctrine after being charged in one of the largest watch thefts in U.S. history that totaled more than $1 million, according to the Connecticut Post.

Nieves, who managed the watch and repair department at Victorinox Swiss Army in Monroe, was accused of smuggling 644 high-end watches out of the company through the mail room, Senior Assistant State's Attorney Howard Stein told the Connecticut Post.

By pleading guilty to first-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny under the Alford Doctrine, Nieves doesn't admit his guilt but concedes that the state has enough evidence to convict him if the case went to trial.

The Connecticut Post reports that Superior Court Judge Robert Devlin said he will impose a six-year prison term on Nieves when he is sentenced on Sept. 19.

Read the full Connecticut Post story here.


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