A Cuban national pleaded guilty on Monday 09/09/2013 to federal conspiracy and theft charges that resulted from warehouse thefts including an incident that occurred in Leitchfield.
Amed Villa, 49, Miami, Florida, has pleaded guilty to five counts of theft from an interstate shipment and two counts of conspiracy to commit theft from an interstate shipment.
On 03/18/2011 the Leitchfield Police Department responded to a reported burglary at Coremark in Leitchfield. The investigation revealed that subjects had entered the business through the roof, disabled alarm systems and stole approximately 1.5 million dollars in cigarettes from the business. The items were loaded into a semi-trailer stored at the business and the trailer was removed from the area by a semi-tractor that had been stolen from Hardin County.
Villa was suspected of participating in this theft along with thefts of pharmaceuticals, a cargo trailer, cell phones, and multimedia tablets totaling nearly $120 million from warehouses in Connecticut, Illinois, Virginia, and Florida between 2009 and 2011.
Villa was identified by DNA that was recovered from items discarded during the thefts including the incident in Leitchfield.
The cases were transferred to federal court in Connecticut for further prosecution.
Agencies that investigated the incident included Leitchfield Police Department, Kentucky State Police, and Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.