Detroit Man Sentened to 4 Years in Prison for Smash-and-Grab Robbery of Stamford Jewelry Store

Brian Moore, 26, of Detroit, Michigan, was sentenced on Monday by U.S. District Judge Victor Bolden in Bridgeport to 48 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for organizing and carrying out a smash-and-grab robbery of a Stamford jewelry store in November 2014.

The sentencing was announced on Monday by Deirdre Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on November 26, 2014, three of Moore’s accomplices, armed with hammers, entered Sidney Thomas Jewelers in the Stamford Town Center Mall during regular business hours.  Soon after entering, the accomplices used the hammers to smash open a jewelry display case and removed more than $250,000 worth of Rolex watches.  The three accomplices then fled with security guards in pursuit.  One of Moore’s accomplices, Richard Mathew Bailey, was caught and apprehended inside the mall while fleeing.

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 in order to return to Detroit.

Judge Bolden also ordered Moore to pay restitution to victims in an amount to be determined at a later date.

On August 31, 2015, Moore pleaded guilty to one count of interfering with commerce by robbery.

Richard Mathew Bailey and a third defendant, Dajuhn Griffin, both from Detroit, have pleaded guilty to the same charge and await sentencing.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Stamford Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Gabriel J. Vidoni.