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'Tony Montana' sentenced for thefts

A Portland man was sentenced Tuesday for leading a ring of thieves who burglarized office buildings in 40 cities across the country, including Tacoma, Auburn, Seattle and Bellevue.

U.S. District Judge Michael Mosman in Portland sentenced 37-year-old Antione Lamont Lawrence, also known as Tony Montana, to 97 months in prison and five years of supervised release for his role in the fraud scheme that lasted from 2001 to 2007.

The thieves broke into commercial buildings, rifled through drawers and desks and stole credit cards, checks and other personal information.

They mostly burglarized buildings on Fridays so they could cash the checks on Saturdays when no one answered calls to banks.

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