RAHWAY—A Rahway man charged as part of an interstate jewelry store robbery ring with the murder of police officer in New Hartford, New York has also been named in a federal murder and conspiracy indictment.
Marion Pegese of Rahway is one of four men accused of robbing the Lennon’s-W.B. Wilcox jewelry store in New Hartford, near Syracuse on the night of Feb. 27, 2006.
Police Officer Joseph Corr responded to the store while the robbery was in progress and he chased two of the men before he was shot to death.
In June Pegese’s attorney John G. Leonard entered a plea of not guilty to one count of second-degree murder, 12 counts of first-degree robbery and six counts of second-degree robbery in a state court Oneida County.
Pegese had been in a New Jersey prison since early February, when he was sentenced to 18 years in connection with a 2005 jewelry store robbery there – similar, but unrelated, to the robbery that resulted in Corr’s death on Feb. 27, 2006. Pegese waived his extradition hearing in May.
Another suspect, Toussaint Davis, was taken into custody immediately after the shooting and has since been sentenced to 300 years in prison for murder as an accomplice to the fatal robbery.
Walter R. Richardson, the triggerman, was shot and killed by police after fleeing to Philadelphia.
Pegese and accomplice Robert Ward fled the store in a second car and managed to make a clean getaway to Philadelphia — only to be arrested soon after for the August 26, 2005 robbery of Ballew Jewelers, located on Main Street in Freehold. Pegese, Ward, and Davis were charged as accomplices to murder.
The four men are believed to be members of a jewelry store robbery ring, hitting Rolex watch dealerships throughout the northeast. Pegese is believed to be one of the leaders of the gang, and allegedly planned the $1 million New Hartford theft.
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