On July 23, Robert A. Fiolka, 69, of Staten Island, New York, was sentenced to 114 months in prison for his role in the robbery of Blue Stove Antiques in Fair Haven, New Jersey.
Fiolka previously had pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson to an information charging him with Hobbs Act robbery and use of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. Judge Wolfson imposed the sentence in federal court in Trenton, New Jersey.
According to court records, Fiolka entered Blue Stove Antiques at approximately 9:30 a.m. on June 2, 2012, wearing a hat and face mask and brandishing a handgun. Fiolka approached the store owner, pointed the handgun at him, and demanded that he open the store’s safe. After the owner opened the safe, Fiolka ordered him to the ground and then proceeded to empty the safe’s contents into a satchel that he had with him. After filling the bag with the safe’s contents, Fiolka exited the store with approximately $200,000 worth of jewelry.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Wolfson sentenced Fiolka to five years of supervised release and ordered him to pay $200,000 in restitution.
Originally published in the September 2013 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2013 Maine Antique Digest