NEW HAVEN - A Waterbury man has admitted to committing 12 robberies, including three in Southington, during a crime spree in late 2017 and earlier this year.
Jeffrey Stokarski, 44, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in New Haven, officials from the U.S. Attorney’s office said Wednesday.
According to federal officials, on Dec. 27, 2017, Stokarski entered the Henny Penny, located at 273 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike in Southington, pushed the sales clerk into the counter and told her not to touch or say anything. He opened the cash register with a screwdriver and stole approximately $289. Federal officials said Stokarski committed two more robberies that day in Killingworth and Durham.
On Dec. 31, 2017, Stokarski again entered the Henny Penny in Southington and demanded cash from the register, officials said. He made off with $161.
Stokarski robbed two more businesses on Jan. 1, according to federal officials, and between Jan. 3 and Jan. 7, committed five more robberies.
On Jan. 9, Stokarski entered the Food Bag, located at 960 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike in Southington, approached the register, pulled out a knife and began to pry open the register. He then stole about $100 from the register and about $500 in cigarettes.
Stokarski has been detained since his arrest on Jan. 9. Federal officials said he has pleaded guilty to one count of Hobbs Act Robbery - which carries a maximum prison term of 20 years - and one count of using or carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence - which carries a maximum five-year sentence.
Stokarski is scheduled to be sentenced to Jan. 24.