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November 21, 2014

Rochester Man Sentenced for Three Robberies Involving Tops Supermarkets

ROCHESTER, NY—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Derek Stanin, 21, of Rochester, NY, who was convicted of the robbery of the three Tops Marketplace stores, was sentenced to 51 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford. The defendant was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $7,656.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas E. Gregory, who handled the prosecution of the case, stated that on January 4, 2014, the defendant robbed the Tops Marketplace store at 3507 Mt. Read Boulevard in Greece, N.Y. In that case, store clerks introduced marked bills and a GPS tracker into the monies turned over to Stanin. The GPS tracker allowed law enforcement to quickly locate the defendant who was found hiding in the backseat of a parked vehicle. Inside the vehicle, police located a large sum of cash, the GPS tracker as well as the clothes that Stanin wore during the robbery.

In the aftermath of his arrest, investigators determined that Stanin was also responsible for two additional robberies. The first occurred on October 3, 2013 at the Tops Marketplace store at 2345 Buffalo Road in Rochester and a second robbery on October 4, 2013, at the Tops Marketplace store at 128 West Main Street in Leroy, N.Y.

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, under the direction of Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn, the Avon Police Department, under the direction of Chief Gary Benedict, Jr., the Greece Police Department, under the direction of Chief Patrick Phelan, the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department, under the direction of Sheriff Gary Maha and the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Scott Crosier.

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