Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

Mount Vernon Man Sentenced for Two-Year Crime Spree

Devon Sherman

WHITE PLAINS – Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino Jr. announced today that Devon Sherman, 21 years old of Mount Vernon, was sentenced to two to six years in state prison after pleading guilty on Sept. 27, 2017 to two counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the First Degree, class “C” Felonies, one count of Burglary in the Third Degree, a class “D” Felony, one count of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class “D” Felony, one count of Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle in the Third Degree, a class “A” Misdemeanor.

Scarpino said the sentence is 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 a bicycle store, possessing and passing counterfeit money at two gas stations, and stealing a car and transporting it to another location, where it was stripped.

Sherman’s crime spree began on Jul. 30, 2015, when he and a co-defendant broke the window of a closed bicycle store located in Croton-on-Hudson, 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, the district attorney said Sherman and his co-defendant 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 a co-defendant tried to use another counterfeit one-hundred dollar 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 his co-defendant were arrested within minutes of the crime.

A month later, on March 7, 2016, Sherman and two co-defendants 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 investigation and arrest of the defendant on this case was carried out by investigators from the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.

The defendant was remanded into the custody of the New York State Department of Corrections.


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