A local man was sentenced in two local robberies today according to authorities.
Joseph M. Stec, 39, of Assonet, pleaded guilty to two counts of unarmed robbery. He was sentence to a prison term of 3 ½ to 4 years.
According to Lieut. Steven E. Abbott, on February 20, 2017, Freetown officers were dispatched to Grandpa’s Place, a gas station and convenience store, located in the Assonet Village. The clerk reported that an unknown suspect had demanded that the cash register be emptied. The clerk provided police with a description of the suspect who had fled the scene in a motor vehicle.
On February 21, 2017, a suspect, matching the description of the suspect involved in the Assonet robbery, committed an unarmed robbery at a supermarket in the north end of Fall River.
Utilizing the video surveillance from the supermarket, Fall River Detective John Macdonald and Freetown Detective Shane Kelley were able to identify the suspect as Joseph M. Stec.
On February 24, 2017, Stec was arrested by police.