A California man was sentenced to 70 months in prison following a 2016 robbery and assault in Tucson, officials say.

Mitchell Ray Finley, 50, entered a Tiffany & Co. store in Tucson in May of 2016. He was with three other people, a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Finley stole a diamond solitaire ring and assaulted a security guard prior to fleeing.

That same day, Finley and the three men went to a department store in Scottsdale and verbally threatened a manager. They stole several designer handbags from the store, the release shows.

They also visited a jewelry store in Glendale, where they pepper-sprayed the employees and stole high-ended watches. The watches were pawned by one of the men, the release says. 

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The items stolen from all of the stores were valued at $130,000 combined. 

Besides Finley, at least one other man involved was also sentenced to prison.

Contact reporter Gloria Knott at or 573-4235. On Twitter: @gloriaeknott

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Gloria is a Tucson native and attended the University of Arizona. She started at the Star as an apprentice in 2017. Following her apprenticeship, she began freelancing until becoming a full-time reporter and producer after her college graduation in 2018.