Virginia men busted in Irvington robbery plot targeting cryptocurrency

Two Virginia men are accused of taking part in a home invasion plan in Irvington two years ago that targeted tens of millions of dollars in cryptocurrency, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Friday.

Dominic Pineda and Shon Morgan, both 21, were arrested in Virginia on an indictment in the Southern District of New York charging them with conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery. 

Federal authorities would not confirm whether the target was an Irvington High School senior, Ellis Pinsky, who three weeks earlier made headlines when he was sued by a cryptocurrency investor claiming Pinsky had stolen more than $23 million in Bitcoin from him in 2018. 

But Irvington police Lt. Kevin Johnson said Friday that there was a break-in on May 23, 2020, at a home on Hamilton Road. He would not specify the house but Pinsky’s mother owns a home on that street.

Police responded to an alarm at the home as well as a 911 call from a resident shortly before 4:30 a.m. When they arrived, one person was found in the basement and another outside the house, Johnson said.

A pair of brass knuckles was found in the house.

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