Phony car buyer to serve 10 years in armed robbery

If Anthony Francis had been able to run as fast as his friend, maybe he wouldn’t be serving a 10-year prison stint for armed robbery.

Francis, a 22-year-old from the Bronx, was caught last year after, authorities say, he posed as a car buyer to rob an auto body shop on South Fourth Avenue in Mount Vernon last year.

Once he and his friend got inside, Francis pulled out a loaded .40mm handgun and pointed it at an employee while his accomplice took $500 to $600 out of the victim’s pockets.

The accomplice got away, but Francis didn’t. He was tackled by the victim and his employees, who called police, according to the Westchester County District Attorney’s office.

Westchester County Judge James Hubert sentenced Francis today to serve 10 years in prison. A jury had convicted him in December of first- and second-degree robbery, as well as second- and third-degree weapon possession.

Rebecca Baker

Rebecca Baker joined The Journal News in March 2004. She covers Eastchester, Bronxville and Tuckahoe, and was previously the state and county courts reporter in Westchester County. In prior jobs, she covered the Town of Greenburgh and Rockland County government and politics. Before coming to The Journal News, she was a municipal reporter for newspapers in New Haven, Conn. and Warren, Ohio.