HARTFORD (WWLP) – Another suspect in violent robberies of AT&T stores, including one in West Springfield in 2021, has been sentenced to prison for their involvement.
Alex Josephs, 23, of Hartford was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison. Josephs pleaded guilty to one count of Hobbs Act robbery and one count of brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence on November 30, 2022.
According to court documents, Josephs, Shaquille Raymond, Ronaldo Smith, and Deshawn Baugh violently robbed several AT&T stores in Connecticut and one in West Springfield. They entered the stores around closing time and would point weapons at employees. In some incidents, they pistol-whipped, dragged and shove employees.
While holding the employees at gunpoint, they would steal cell phones and other electronics. It is believed they stole hundreds of thousands of dollars in merchandise. One of the suspects, Saviana Bourne, worked at AT&T stores and helped plan the robberies and was the getaway driver.
- Shaquille Raymond and Savina Bourne sentenced for violent armed robberies in West Springfield and Connecticut
- Deshawn Baugh sentenced for violent armed robberies in West Springfield and Connecticut
Throughout 2021, the suspects robbed AT&T Connecticut stores in Newington, Canton and Enfield. They also attempted to rob stories in Torrington and Glastonbury but were locked out.
The suspects were caught on June 6, 2021 when they attempted to rob an AT&T store in West Springfield. After the robbery, they attempted to leave but were caught by West Springfield Police. The suspects led police on a car chase that ended at the Route 57 rotary in Agawam when they collided into a State Police Cruiser. More than $150,000 in stolen merchandise, a semiautomatic pistol, two revolvers, and a semiautomatic rifle were seized from the vehicle.
Josephs has been ordered to pay $298,073.86 to reflect the losses from the robberies in Newington, Enfield and Canton.
All five suspects have pleaded guilty to charges in connection to the robberies. Raymond, Smith and Bourne have already been sentenced. Smith is the last suspect awaiting sentencing. Josephs and Raymond, who are citizens of Jamaica, are also facing immigration proceedings once they are released from prison.