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Seymour Man Sentenced to More than 6 Years in Federal Prison for Stealing Cash and Cigarettes in Month-Long Robbery Spree

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut

Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that STEVEN GALARZA, 25, of Seymour, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to 78 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for committing 11 robberies of convenience stores and smoke shops in Connecticut, New Hampshire, and New York in 2022.

According to court documents and statements made in court, between February 27 and March 22, 2022, Galarza and others, using facsimile firearms that are designed to appear similar to real firearms, robbed the following retail locations of cash, cigarettes and other items:

  • February 27 – Scott’s Village Mobil Gas Station, 843 Farmington Avenue, Farmington
  • March 2 – Mystic Mobil Gas Station, 66 Whitehall Avenue, Mystic
  • March 3 – Shell Gas Station, 168 Bridge Street, East Windsor
  • March 3 – Food Bag, 960 Meriden Waterbury Turnpike, Southington
  • March 5 – Valero Gas Station, 1 Main Street, Ellington
  • March 5 – Sunoco Gas Station, 446 Bloomfield Avenue, Windsor
  • March 8 – Smoker’s Discount World, 636 Silas Deane Highway, Wethersfield
  • March 16 – Cove Smoke Market, located at 841 Cove Road, Stamford
  • March 19 – 7-Eleven in Salem, New Hampshire
  • March 19 – Smoker’s Depot, located at 399 West Main Street, New Britain
  • March 22 – 7-Eleven in Katonah, New York

Galarza was arrested on April 19, 2022.  On January 9, 2023, he pleaded guilty to eight counts of Hobbs Act Robbery.  Galarza is detained.

Efrain Deleon and Gilberto Deleon, both of New Britain, participated in most of these robberies and have pleaded guilty to related charges.  They await sentencing.

This investigation has been conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Connecticut State Police, and the Farmington, Stonington, East Windsor, Southington, Windsor, Wethersfield, Stamford, New Britain, Salem (N.H.), and Somers (N.Y.) Police Departments. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Brendan Keefe and Rahul Kale.

Updated July 20, 2023

Violent Crime
Firearms Offenses