Friday, June 7, 2013
Man sentenced to 40 years for armed robbery, folied Craigslist scheme
Police easily tracked him when he tried to sell his teenage victim's Dr. Dre headphones online.
FRISCO Arlington resident Torey Laquon Boykin, 21, was sentenced to 40 years in prison for armed robbery of a Frisco teenager.
Boykin was found guilty of robbing a 17-year-old student of his "expensive Beats by Dre headphones," according to information at the trial. The student said he was walking to his school bus stop when Boykin and an accomplice stopped their bikes, and Boykin ran toward the victim and pointed a gun in his face.
In addition to his headphones, the victim said he was robbed of his phone, backpack, and house keys before Boykin and his accomplice fled the scene. The victim reported the crime to the bus driver who soon arrived, and the police were called.
Through a search warrant for the victim's AT&T phone-record information, Frisco detectives Trevor Taylor and Brad Thomason learned that whoever possessed the phone after the robbery quickly changed the victim's phone number to another number. The detectives called the new number, and the man who answered said he had bought the phone off of Craigslist on the same day as the robbery. Detectives then discovered the phone number used to post the Craigslist advertisement for the phone. Using that Craigslist phone number, detectives found another Craigslist advertisement connected to that same number. This advertisement was for the same type of headphones stolen from the victim.
Detectives used undercover officers to set up a purchase for the headphones from the seller on Craigslist. Boykin and his accomplice arrived at the agreed to location, with the accomplice selling the headphones to the undercover officers while Boykin carried a firearm and acted as the lookout. Both men were arrested. Detectives then obtained a search warrant for Boykin's residence, where the remaining stolen items were found.
The jury returned a guilty verdict on Wednesday for aggravated robbery. A punishment hearing was held on the same day, and the jury sentenced Boykin to years in prison. Boykin will be eligible for parole after he serves 20 years of his sentence.
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