Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Guilty Plea in Spate of Store Heists

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Guilty Plea in Spate of Store Heists

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A Brooklyn man pleaded guilty in federal court in Trenton for his role in six armed robberies of electronics stores in New Jersey and New York, including in Paramus, authorities said.

Carl Williams, 30, who has been in jail since his February 2013 arrest, admitted to U.S. District Judge Joel A. Pisano that he conspired with others to commit Hobbs Act robberies, or robberies of businesses that are engaged in interstate commerce.

Williams also pleaded guilty to brandishing a firearm during the crimes, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced Thursday in a press release.

Williams was indicted by a grand jury sitting in Newark in February along with Kajuan Crawley, Eric Williams and Unique Randolph.

According to court documents and statements, Williams conspired with the others to rob Radio Shack and T-Mobile stores in New Jersey and New York from June 2012 to January 2013.

Williams and his accomplices assigned "lookouts" to watch outside while the others in the group, armed with a gun, entered the stores and locked their front doors. …

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