This may sound like something out of a TV show, but Cyrus Vance Jr., the Manhattan District Attorney, says the ether (ETH) heist by Louis Meza was very real. Meza, accused of stealing $1.8 million in the cryptocurrency, pleaded guilty in New York State Supreme Court to first-degree grand larceny and second-degree kidnapping Wednesday, Vance said in a press release. Sentencing is set for Sept. 27.

“Louis Meza orchestrated a 21st-century stick-up” of the victim, who wasn’t named, Vance said. However, his office’s Cybercrime & Identity Theft Bureau “brought him swiftly to justice, securing a landmark conviction in an undeveloped area of the law.”

CoinDesk reported Meza was arrested in December after allegedly forcing the victim to hand over a cellphone, wallet and keys at gunpoint last November. Read more here.

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