CHARLOTTE, N.C. –Valentino Cabral Darosa, 30, of Charlotte, was sentenced to 17 years in jail adopted by three years of supervised launch for the armed theft of an area enterprise and associated firearms offenses, introduced Dena J. King, U.S. Lawyer for the Western District of North Carolina.
Michael C. Scherck, Performing Particular Agent in Cost of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Charlotte Division, and Chief Johnny Jennings of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Division (CMPD) be a part of U.S. Lawyer King in making at this time’s announcement.
In accordance with filed court docket paperwork, proof launched at trial and witness testimony, on October 23, 2020, CMPD officers responded to a theft service name at Atlantic Metals Xchange, situated at 11318 N. Neighborhood Home Street, in Charlotte. The shop proprietor advised officers on the scene that previous to opening for enterprise a person later recognized as Darosa approached the shop and knocked on the door. When the shop proprietor didn’t instantly reply, Darosa walked away. The shop proprietor then went outdoors and approached Darosa. Following a short change, Darosa produced a firearm and compelled the shop proprietor into the enterprise and right into a again room. As trial proof established, Darosa ordered the shop proprietor to unplug the surveillance system’s recorder, then handcuffed the shop proprietor and opened the safes. Darosa started stealing objects from the safes and proceeded to duct-tape the shop proprietor’s arms and ankles collectively. Courtroom data present that Darosa took roughly $133,980 in property and money and the surveillance system’s laborious drive. Darosa additionally took the shop proprietor’s backpack, which contained a firearm, money, and the sufferer’s pockets. After Darosa fled the scene, the shop proprietor managed to free himself and name 911 for help. On November 5, 2020, CMPD officers arrested Darosa at his condominium in Charlotte. Throughout a search of Darosa’s condominium and automobile, regulation enforcement recovered a number of objects Darosa had stolen from the enterprise. In accordance with court docket data, Darosa was on post-release supervision when he dedicated the armed theft. He additionally has a number of felony convictions in Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Counties and he’s subsequently prohibited from possessing a firearm.
A federal jury convicted Darosa of theft of a enterprise affecting interstate commerce, or Hobbs Act Theft, utilizing or carrying a firearm throughout and in relation to a criminal offense of violence, and possession of a firearm by a felon. He’s presently in federal custody.
In making at this time’s announcement U.S. Lawyer King thanked the FBI and CMPD for his or her investigation of the case.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christopher Hess and Dana Washington prosecuted the case.