LaBelle man sentenced 40 years for armed robbery at pawn shop

Writer: Derrick Shaw
Raynaldo Ray Quiroga. Credit: Hendry County Sheriff’s Office.

A LaBelle man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for a 2021 armed robbery of a pawn shop in Hendry County.

The State Attorney’s Office says Raynaldo Ray Quiroga, 37, was sentenced after being found guilty of robbery, brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence, possessing stolen firearms, and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. A jury found Quiroga guilty in December 2021.

On May 19, 2021, Quiroga, dressed as a law enforcement officer, handcuffed a pawnshop customer and two employees and ordered a second customer to sit still while he went to a safe. Quiroga stole approximately six guns and placed them in the tactical vest he was wearing. Investigators say Quiroga helped up a customer he had handcuffed, released him, and let him exit the pawnshop.

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Quiroga was arrested just days later, on May 21, 2021. Investigators found evidence in his home linking him to the crime.

Quiroga was also named as a suspect in an attempted robbery in Fort Myers in 2019, but Fort Myers police didn’t make an arrest. Investigators said he was previously convicted of armed robbery with a firearm in Lee County back in 2005.

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