Former state trooper Hiram Ortiz, 43, owner of Bloomfield’s Avenue Steakhouse, (formerly Scores Sports Cafe) plead guilty yesterday to a second occupation: fencing jewelery and fancy watches worth $1.27 million, received from a multi-state smash-and-grab theft ring. Ortiz will be sentenced in January, facing steep fines and 10 years in prison. From NJ.com:
Ortiz admitted receiving the stolen Rolexes and reselling them. The heists took places in malls in Paramus, Rockaway and Bridgewater, as well as in Pennsylvania, Georgia and Florida.
Ortiz also faces unrelated charges in New York on which he may stand trial later this year.