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Wheelchair bandit to get six years in jail

December 7, 2016 GMT

STAMFORD — The wheelchair bandit who rolled into a mall jewelry store in August 2014 and sprinted out with a $37,000 Rolex watch in his hands is scheduled to be sentenced to six years in jail at the Stamford courthouse today.

In September after being extradited from New York on first-degree robbery, larceny and assault charges Larry Johnson, 36, pleaded guilty to the charges and agreed to spend six years in jail.

Johnson, of Waterbury, wheeled himself into the Sidney Thomas jewelry store on the fifth-floor of the Stamford Town Center on Aug. 2, 2014, and asked an employee to see a Rolex watch, police said. Once he had a Rolex Daytona in his hand, he jumped out of the wheelchair and maced the employee and a security guard, who he knocked to the ground while running out the store, police said.

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Johnson escaped, but Stamford Police Officer Cory Caserta closely examined the wheelchair and managed to find Johnson’s fingerprint on one of the wheels.

Store employees identified Johnson in a photo lineup.

Stamford police said at the time of his arrest that Johnson was also a suspect in a similar wheelchair robbery of a jewelry store in White Plains, N.Y. However, Johnson’s attorney, Richard Silverstein, said his client had no pending charges there.

The six-year sentence, which will be followed by eight years of special parole, was a disposition offered by Comerford.

Johnson has 20 criminal convictions in New York for various crimes.

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