Devon Sherman, 21, of Mount Vernon, was sentenced to two to six years in state prison by Judge Barbara Zambelli after pleading guilty on Sept. 27, to burglary, grand larceny, unauthorized use of a vehicle and two counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument.
Sherman's sentence was the culmination of a prosecution spanning nearly two years. During that time, Sherman continued to commit crimes even as he accumulated multiple felony and misdemeanor charges throughout the county, including burglarizing Down Bicycle Shop in Croton-on-Hudson, possessing and passing counterfeit money at two gas stations, and stealing a car and transporting it to another location, where it was stripped, the DA's Office said.
His crime spree began on July 30, 2015, when he and Alexander Henderson of Peekskillbroke the window of the closed bicycle store, entered and stole merchandise. Using his own name and phone number, he later tried to sell one of the items he stole, a one-of-a-kind bicycle, on Craigslist.
In addition, Sherman and Henderson smashed the outside surveillance camera and took the surveillance system from inside the store and threw it into a nearby river. All told, they stole and damaged thousands of dollars of property.
While that case was pending, Sherman passed a counterfeit bill on Feb. 9, 2016, at a gas station in Greenburgh. The attendant noticed the bill was fake, but Sherman fled the scene. Hours later, he and another suspect tried to use another counterfeit $100 bill at a Mobil gas station in Eastchester.
Again, the attendant recognized that the bill was fake and confronted Sherman, who fled the scene in his car. The attendant was able to give Eastchester police a description of the car and the direction of travel and Sherman and the other suspect were arrested within minutes of the crime.
A month later, on March 7, 2016, Sherman and two others stole a 2006 Acura in front of the owner’s condominium in Peekskill. Sherman arranged to have the vehicle transported to Mount Vernon where it was stripped for parts, the DA's Office said.
The investigation and arrest of Sherman were carried out by investigators from the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.
Assistant District Attorney Celia Curtis prosecuted the cases.
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