Michigan man pleads guilty to Stamford jewelry store robbery

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STAMFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A Michigan man pleaded guilty Monday for his role in a smash-and-grab robbery of a Stamford jewelry store in November 2014.

According to court documents, 26-year-old Brian Moore, of Detroit, Michigan, admitted to helping to organize and carry out the robbery at the Sidney Thomas Jewelers in the Stamford Town Center Mall. It happened on Nov. 26, 2014 during regular business hours.

Police say three of Moore’s accomplices entered the store and used hammers to smash open a jewelry display case. They stole more than $250,000 worth of Rolex watches, according to police.

Court documents say the three accomplices then ran out of the store with security guards chasing after them. Richard Matthew Bailey, one of Moore’s accomplices, was caught and arrested inside the mall while attempting to run away.

In pleading guilty, Moore admitted that he helped by soliciting others to participate and partially funding it. He also admitted that he drove accomplices from Detroit to Stamford to carry out the robbery, and picked them up after the robbery in order to return to Detroit.

Moore pleaded guilty to one count of interfering with commerce by robbery, an offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years. A sentencing date has not yet been scheduled.

On Mar. 12, 2015, Bailey, also from Detroit, pleaded guilty to the same charge. He awaits sentencing.

Moore has been released from prison on a $250,000 bond.

This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Stamford Police Department.

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