Stamford smash-and-grab suspect pleads guilty

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STAMFORD – A third Detroit resident has admitted his role in a smash-and-grab robbery in a Stamford jewelery store.

Dajuhn Griffin, 26, pleaded guilty in Bridgeport for his role in the robbery in November of 2014.

Griffin and two accomplices, armed with hammers, entered Sidney Thomas Jewelers, located in the Stamford Town Center Mall, during regular business hours. Soon after entering, they used the hammers to smash open a jewelry display case and removed more than $250,000 worth of Rolex watches. They then ran off with security guards in pursuit. One of Griffin’s accomplices, Richard Mathew Bailey, was caught and apprehended inside the mall while fleeing.

Griffin was arrested in Detroit on April 6, 2015.

He pleaded guilty to one count of interfering with commerce by robbery, an offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years. A sentencing date has not been scheduled. He is released on a $10,000 bond and conditions requiring home confinement and electronic monitoring.

Bailey and Brian Moore, also both from Detroit, previously pleaded guilty to the same charge. Moore helped organize and carry out the robbery by soliciting others to participate and partially funding it. He also drove accomplices from Detroit to Stamford to carry out the robbery and picked them up after the robbery in order to return to Detroit. They both await sentencing.