NEW HAVEN - A Waterbury man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for committing 12 robberies, including three in Southington, during a crime spree in late 2017 and early 2018.
Jeffrey Stokarski, 44, was given the sentence in federal court on Thursday. This comes after he waived his right to be indicted in October and pleaded guilty, officials from the U.S. Attorney’s office said.
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, 2018, according to federal officials, and between Jan. 3 and Jan. 7 of that year, committed five more robberies.
On Jan. 9, 2018, 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 had been detained since his arrest on Jan. 9, 2018. Federal officials said he has pleaded guilty to one count of Hobbs Act Robbery and one count of using or carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.