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In November 2015, the Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department initiated an investigation of a robbery that occurred at Gehrkens Fine Jewelers and Design located at 3 N. Santa Cruz Ave.
As a result of the investigation, police identified and arrested Jamie Browning, Yvonne Rowland, Fadi Najjar, and Sean McGivern as the involved suspects responsible for the robbery. The suspects were determined to be linked to the involvement in an additional robbery which occurred in the City of San Jose in 2015.
On November 18, 2016, Jamie Browning pled to one count of robbery.
On March 17, 2017, Yvonne Rowland pled to one count of assault with a deadly weapon, nine counts of robbery, and four counts of false imprisonment. Her sentence awaits a decision determined by the court.
On April 26, 2017, Fadi Najjar and Sean McGivern pled guilty to combined cases from Los Gatos and San Jose. Najjar plead guilty to five counts of false imprisonment, five counts of robbery, and one count of kidnapping in the commission of a robbery. He will be sentenced to fifteen years in prison. Sean McGivern also pled guilty to one count of assault with a deadly weapon, six counts of robbery, five counts of false imprisonment, and one count of kidnapping in the commission of a robbery. McGivern will be sentenced to ten years in prison.
The Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department worked extensively on this investigation in conjunction with the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, as well as the San Jose Police Department and the Santa Clara County Crime Laboratory. “This investigation was a great example of the Department’s collaborative efforts, vigilance, and excellent investigative work in bringing criminal suspects to justice,” stated Michael D’Antonio, Interim Chief of Police.
Please contact Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Michael Gadeberg (408) 808-3773, for any additional details pertaining to this investigation.