Man who used wheelchair in Rolex theft pleads guilty

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who pretended he needed a wheelchair so he could steal a $37,000 watch from a jewelry store is heading to prison.

The Connecticut Post reports that 36-year-old Larry Johnson, of Waterbury, pleaded guilty Wednesday to robbery, larceny and assault.

Authorities say in May 2015, Johnson entered a Stamford jewelry store in a wheelchair and asked to see a Rolex watch. Once he had the watch in hand, he got out of the wheelchair, used Mace on the sales clerk and the security guard, and then knocked the guard to the ground as he ran out of the store.

Johnson was tied to the theft by a fingerprint left on the wheelchair.

He faces an agreed upon sentence of six years prison at sentencing on Dec. 7.

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