A 23-year-old Queens man has been convicted after a jury trial of robbing a Rockaway boardwalk concession at gunpoint in September 2013, after having worked at the stand all summer.
DA Richard Brown identified the defendant as George Spigner, 23, of Arverne. A jury this week convicted the defendant of first-degree robbery and third-degree grand larceny following a two-week long trial before Queens Supreme Court Justice Gregory L. Lasak, who will sentence the defendant on April 22, 2015. Spigner is facing 10 to 25 years in prison.
According to trial testimony, the defendant, along with three other unapprehended males, stormed into the boardwalk concession stand with guns and knives and their faces concealed with hoodies or masks. Spigner yelled out to the four employees present that this was a stick up. The manager entered soon afterwards and was forced to open the safe in the back. The assailants took off with just over $4,000 in cash and an Apple iPad. Despite the mask worn by the defendant, who was slated to work the next day, his fellow co-workers recognized him.