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Woman sentenced in theft of more than $35,000 in cellphones

Published:Sunday | September 20, 2015 | 11:04 PM

WOODBURY, New Jersey (AP):

A Philadelphia woman convicted of stealing more than $35,000 worth of cellphones from two stores in New Jersey is now headed to prison.

Fatima Aviles received a three-year sentence on Friday and was also ordered to pay restitution. The 27-year-old had been convicted in June on burglary and theft charges.

Gloucester County prosecutors have said Aviles used a former employee's access card to enter two Verizon stores in Glassboro and Washington Township in 2013.

They say phones valued at $35,067 were stolen during three burglaries. A fourth break-in was prevented when a storage room lock was changed.

The former employee was not charged in the case. None of the phones was recovered.