Jury convicts jewel thief acting as his own lawyer in heist trial


Kelvin O'Brien was convicted of engaging in organized criminal activity for his role in the $6 million heist of Houston jewelry store Karat 22. It took the jury less than an hour to return the verdict.

The defendant in the multi-million dollar heist is acting as his own lawyer. He questioned witnesses, including his own mother, in court this morning before resting his case.

Eyewitness News first told you about this case in 2011, when police told us Kelvin O'Brien, his older brother, and a friend broke into Karat 22 on Hillcroft in southwest Houston near Westpark. Police say the thieves got away with $6 million in jewelry, melting it down for cash and buying big ticket items like a Range Rover.

Police believe these suspects are responsible for more than 30 heists in Texas, Oklahoma and Florida spanning more than a decade, but O'Brien is only on trial for this one.

O'Brien is expected to be sentenced Thursday.

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