David Piparo, 48, (left) pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery for the gunpoint theft on Nov. 24, 2010. He will be sentenced Nov. 17 to serve 20 years to life in prison. The lengthy prison term was based on his prior criminal record, which includes a 1996 robbery conviction in the Bronx and a 1985 robbery conviction in Westchester.
Police and prosecutors said Piparo pushed a black handgun into the side of a 55-year-old Pelham Manor woman, just as she got into her BMW near CVS Pharmacy in the Four Corners area of the village. He could not start the car and had the woman get it going before taking off without her, police said.
Pelham Manor police and the New York City Police Department, which was investigating two armed robberies in the Bronx, worked together to identify Piparo as the suspect. Information developed by Pelham Manor led authorities to the Bronx apartment where he was arrested on Dec. 3. The stolen car was located nearby.
Piparo also is facing federal charges in three additional armed robberies, including the two in the Bronx and one at Tes Oros Jewelry Store in Pelham Manor on Nov. 30, 2010.