STAMFORD, Conn. — A 20-year-old man from Detroit will spend 51 months in federal prison for his role in a smash-and-grab robbery of Rolex watches at a jewelry store in the Stamford Town Center.
Dajuhn Griffin was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden in Bridgeport to four years and three months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, said U.S. Attorney for Connecticut Deirdre M. Daly.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on Nov. 26, 2014, Griffin and others stole a Stamford resident’s SUV and drove it to the Stamford Town Center Mall.
Griffin and two accomplices, armed with hammers, then entered Sidney Thomas Jewelers during regular business hours. They used the hammers to smash a jewelry display case and take more than $250,000 worth of Rolex watches.
The three fled with security guards in pursuit. One of Griffin's accomplices, Richard Mathew Bailey, was caught inside the mall.
After the robbery, Stamford Police found the stolen SUV running in the mall’s parking garage.
Griffin was arrested in Detroit on April 6, 2015. On Sept. 4, 2015, he pleaded guilty to one count of interfering with commerce by robbery.
Griffin, who had been released on bond, was remanded to federal custody after Thursday’s sentencing.
Richard Mathew Bailey and Brian Moore, both from Detroit, previously pleaded guilty to the same charge. Moore helped organize and carry out the robbery by soliciting others to participate and partially funding it. He also drove accomplices from Detroit to Stamford to carry out the robbery and picked them up after the robbery to return to Detroit.
On Nov. 23, 2015, Moore was sentenced to 48 months of imprisonment. Bailey awaits sentencing. A fourth defendant, also a resident of Detroit, has been charged and is awaiting trial.
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