Eli Lilly Thief Admits to Additional Multi-Million Dollar Thefts
Having plead guilty to the largest theft of its kind in Connecticut history, Amed Villa said he was also involved in the theft of more than $20 million in goods from warehouses up and down the east coast.
Amed Villa, the man who pleaded guilty in July to stealing nearly $90 million in prescription drugs from Enfield's Eli Lilly warehouse, admitted Monday to involvmeent in several additional multi-million dollar burglaries, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.
The 49-year-old Cuban resident admitted Monday to involvmenet in the thefts amounting to more than $22.5 million in pharmaceuticals, cellphones, tablets and cigarettes from warehouses in Virginia, Florida and Kentucky.
During the burglaries, just like the Eli Lilly heist, the U.S. Attorney's office says, "Villa and his conspirators gained entry into the warehouse thorugh the roof, disabled the alarm systems and loaded the stolen goods into tractor trailors."
Also just like the Eli Lilly heist, which authorities called the biggest crime of its kind in the history of Connecticut, Villa's DNA was found on discarded items touched during the burglaries in Virginia and Florida.
Villa is scheduled for sentencing on Dec. 4, 2013 in New Haven.
He faces a maximum of five years per conspiracy count faced and a maximum of ten years per theft count faced
Villa, who last resided in Miami, FL, has been in federal custody since his arrest on May 3, 2013.