STAMFORD, Conn. -- A Detroit man received a 36-month prison sentence for his role in a heist at a Stamford jewelry store in November 2014, prosecutors said.
U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden in Bridgeport sentenced Brandon Paul Quainton, 23, to 36 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for his role in a smash-and-grab robbery of the Stamford store.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on Nov. 26, 2014, Dajuhn Griffin, stole a Stamford resident’s SUV and then drove with Quainton, Richard Mathew Bailey and Brian Moore to the Stamford Town Center Mall during regular business hours.
At the mall, Quainton stayed in the car while Griffin, Bailey and Moore, armed with hammers, entered Sidney Thomas Jewelers. The three then used hammers to smash open a jewelry display case and removed more than $250,000 worth of Rolex watches. They then fled with security guards in pursuit. Bailey was caught and apprehended inside the mall while fleeing, but Quainton, Griffin and Moore eluded capture at that time.
After the robbery, Stamford Police found the stolen SUV running in the mall’s parking garage.
The investigation determined that Quainton and Moore organized the robbery and solicited others to participate in it.
Quainton was arrested in Detroit on Nov. 30, 2015. On July 21, 2016, he pleaded guilty to one count of interfering with commerce by robbery.
Bailey, Griffin and Moore, also from Detroit, pleaded guilty to the same charge. On Nov. 23, 2015, Moore was sentenced to 48 months in prison; on Jan. 28, 2016, Griffin was sentenced to 51 months of in prison and, on Sept. 6, 2016, Bailey was sentenced to 24 months in prison.