Leonard C Boyle, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that DOUGLAS NOBLE, 28, of New York, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to 54 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for his participation in the theft of millions of dollars in vehicles, phones, ATMs and other merchandise from numerous locations in Connecticut, New York and elsewhere.
According to court documents and statements made in court, Noble was a member of a theft ring that, between June 2020 and January 2021, primarily burglarized car dealerships and mobile phone stores in Connecticut and New York. From dealerships they stole vehicle key fobs and vehicles, and from mobile phone stores they stole cell phones, electronics and other merchandise. Conspiracy members also stole ATMs from check cashing businesses and burglarized video game stores.
Noble and his co-conspirators often burglarized multiple locations in one night and, on numerous occasions, escaped from police by engaging the police in high-speed chases that had to be terminated for safety reasons. Some of Noble’s co-conspirators also possessed firearms.
Members of the theft ring are suspected to have committed more than 180 burglaries and stolen more than $4 million in property.
On January 3, 2021, Noble was arrested on related state charges on Long Island after Nassau County Police responded to the scene of a burglary in progress. Noble was a passenger in a stolen Chevy Silverado that attempted to flee police and struck two cars before it came to a stop. Investigators found several stolen iPads and iPhones inside the vehicle, and a stolen ATM in the truck bed.
On February 16, 2021, Noble and three co-conspirators were charged in a 13-count superseding indictment. A fourth co-conspirator was subsequently charged.
Noble was arrested on March 22, 2021. On February 7, 2022, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession of stolen property.
Noble, who was living in the Bronx at time of his arrest and is currently residing in Brooklyn while released on a $100,000 bond, is required to report to prison on July 6.
This investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Connecticut State Police, with the assistance of approximately 30 local police departments.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert S. Ruff and Ray Miller.