A New York man was sentenced in California this week for felony grand theft and robbery.
On Thursday, Mendocino County Superior Court Judge Keith Faulder handed down a 68-month prison sentence to 24-year-old John Louis Cea of Long Island.
The sentence is the maximum allowed by California law.
According to a press release from the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office, Cea was convicted by plea on July 1 for felony grand theft of more than $920 and a separate crime of (felony) robbery in the second degree.
Because robbery is a violent felony under California law, any work or credits, including work credits, earned toward early release will count for no more than 15 percent of Cea’s sentence.
In October 2020, Cea arrived in Ukiah, California, and stole tens of thousands of dollars from an 85-year-old man.
Cea observed the man at a local dispensary as he went back and forth from his Prius and the store where he was repairing a private ATM he had installed there.
When the man was not looking, Cea opened the hatchback of the Prius and stole a spare ATM cartridge filled with $32,000 in cash.
Approximately six weeks later, Cea returned to Mendocino