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Windsor Man Sentenced to 30 Months in Federal Prison for Role in Northeast "Grab and Go" Theft Scheme

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

Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that on May 20, 2022, JAHLIIL PARROTT, also known as “Stretch,” 24, of Windsor, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 30 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for participating in an extensive commercial larceny spree.

This case stems from “Operation American Steal,” a long-term multi-agency investigation into numerous “grab and go” thefts from various retail fashion stores in Connecticut and nearby states.  A “grab-and-go” scheme is a type of theft where one or more perpetrators enter a retail store, grab as many items of clothing or other goods as they can carry, leave the store without paying for the merchandise, and depart in a waiting getaway vehicle.

Parrott was part of a network of individuals who in 2019 and 2020 committed more than 50 grab and go thefts from Polo Ralph Lauren, T.J. Maxx, Balenciaga, Burberry, Macy’s, Marshalls, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Tommy Hilfiger, Sephora and other stores in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York.  They then transported the stolen merchandise to Connecticut and sold the items on the internet or the street.  Victim retailers suffered more than $100,000 in losses during the scheme.

Parrott participated in at least 34 thefts resulting in losses of more than $98,000.  During one of the thefts, he bit a loss prevention officer who apprehended Parrott as he attempted to steal merchandise.

On September 15, 2020, a grand jury returned a six-count indictment charging Parrott and seven other individuals.  Parrott was apprehended on November 16, 2020.  On December 22, 2021, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to transport and possess stolen property.  He has been detained since August 2021.

Parrott’s seven co-defendants also pleaded guilty and were previously sentenced.

This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Hartford, New Canaan, Wrentham (Mass.), Auburn (Mass.) and Nassau County (N.Y.) Police Departments.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Margaret Donovan and Brendan Keefe.

Updated May 23, 2022