Seven-year sentence in violent St. Thomas jewelry store heist


Having fled the bombs and bullets of war-torn Vietnam, Le Tran Ho could hardly have imagined, decades later, she would feel so threatened in what she assumed was her safe, permanent home.
Ho, the owner of B&L Jewellers, was assaulted in a violent robbery February 1 of last year when Wallace Piercey entered the First Avenue shop in St. Thomas and asked her to show him engagement rings. Ho remembered Piercey, who had visited the shop a week previous.

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