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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, October 1, 2018

Connecticut Man Sentenced to 96 Months for Robbing Dollar Tree Stores

ALBANY, NEW YORK – David Daniel Hunter, 54, of Enfield, Connecticut, was sentenced today to 96 months in prison for robbing two Dollar Tree stores—one in the Town of North Greenbush, New York, and the other in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho—in May 2017.   

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and James N. Hendricks, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Senior United States District Judge Fredrick J. Scullin, Jr. also imposed a 3-year term of supervised release, which will begin after Hunter’s release from prison, and ordered Hunter to pay $25,450.61 in restitution and to forfeit $1,200. 

In pleading guilty, Hunter admitted to stealing a 2017 Dodge Charger in Connecticut on May 5, 2017 and driving it to New York to commit robberies.  On May 6, 2017, Hunter entered the Dollar Tree store in North Greenbush, New York, brandishing what appeared to be a handgun, and demanded money.  After taking $1,200.00 from the store’s safe and cash registers, Hunter directed the clerks to the store’s stock room, took one clerk’s cellphone, and left the store.   Hunter later travelled to Idaho, where he entered a Dollar Tree store in Coeur d’Alene on May 28, 2017, displayed a Taser, and demanded money.  After stealing approximately $3,700.00, Hunter took a clerk’s cellphone and fled.

As part of a robbery spree that lasted more than a month, Hunter also robbed Dollar Tree and Dollar General stores in Adrian, Michigan, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Lincoln, Nebraska, American Fork, Utah, Cheyenne, Wyoming, Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, and North Haven, Connecticut. 

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the North Greenbush (New York) Police Department, and the Enfield (Connecticut) Police Department, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Cyrus P.W. Rieck.  The Idaho robbery was initially prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Traci Whelan of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Idaho, and then transferred to the Northern District of New York. 

Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Updated October 1, 2018