BALLSTON SPA – A Ballston Spa repeat offender pleaded guilty Thursday in connection with a series of February store robberies in Saratoga Springs, including two that happened 10 minutes apart, Saratoga County District Attorney’s officials said.
Justin P. Rock, 37, pleaded guilty to four separate counts of third-degree robbery. He now faces 8 to 16 years in prison at his September sentencing, officials said.
Rock admitted to four separate business robberies in downtown Saratoga Springs that occurred between Feb. 19 and Feb. 21. He indicated that he had a firearm and demanded cash from the registers, prosecutors said.
He robbed the X-Tra Mart, Smoke n’ Save, Post Time Wine and Spirits and I Love New York Pizza, making off with hundreds of dollars in all, prosecutors said.
Rock is to pay restitution and be sentenced to four consecutive terms totaling 8 to 16 years, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors Thursday called Rock a repeat offender. State prison records show Rock has spent four stretches in state prison since 2010, on burglary, larceny and forged instrument-related cases.
Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen thanked police and the victims for their work.
Heggen specifically cited the Saratoga Springs Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Unit for gathering, analyzing and acting on the large amount of physical and video evidence.
“Given their seasoned professionalism we were able to quickly apprehend Justin Rock before he was able to harm anyone else,” Heggen said in a statement.
Assistant District Attorney Joseph Frandino prosecuted with Investigator Jack Barney.