A man who faked an accident to steal a woman’s car was sentenced this morning to six months in jail, officials said.
Bernard Aunchman, 34, of Schenectady Street, pleaded guilty earlier to third-degree robbery, a felony.
He was sentenced this morning to the agreed upon sentence of six months in jail and five years probation, prosecutor Ed Moynihan said.
Aunchman gave a brief apology in court. His victim was not present.
Aunchman was arrested shortly after the Oct. 8 incident. After taking the woman’s car, he crashed it minutes later into a tree near 828 Kings Road in Rotterdam.
He stole the car from the Eastern Avenue Rite Aid parking lot, using a ruse to get it.
The 43-year-old woman attempted to back out, but heard yelling from the rear of the car. When she got out to check if she had struck something, Aunchman got off the ground, pushed her out of the way and took her car, police have said.
Aunchman was tracked from the scene of the crash by police canine. He was arrested near 509 Manchester Ave.
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