New Bedford man sentenced to state prison after armed robbery

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WLNE) – A New Bedford man was convicted and sentenced to serve six years in state prison, the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office announced on Tuesday.

Jeffrey Raposo, 41, pleaded guilty to charges of armed/masked robbery and larceny of a motor vehicle in Fall River Superior Court.

On August 20 at 9:30 a.m., New Bedford police were called to Lucky 7 Convenience Store on Nash Road.  When officers arrived on scene, the clerk told them that a masked man, later identified as Raposo, entered the store with a knife and demanded money from the register.

The clerk gave the Raposo $250 from the register.  Raposo then demanded that the clerk open the Massachusetts Lottery machine and give him the money in there. After the clerk told him he was unable to open the machine, Raposo went behind the counter and tried to pry the machine open with the knife, before giving up and fleeing.

Police found Raposo in the area, wearing the same clothes and matching the description given by the clerk.

Raposo admitted to the robbery, and told officers where they could find his discarded knife. He continued by telling the officers he purchased heroin with some of the stolen money.

At the time of his arrest, Raposo was out on bail for a pending larceny of a motor vehicle case.  In that case, Raposo stole a car from a New Bedford gas station parking lot in October of 2019.  He drove the car to Pawtucket, Rhode Island, where he eventually crashed and totaled the car.

“The defendant has a lengthy history with the court, riddled with convictions and prison sentences” the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office said.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Gillian Kirsch and the state prison sentence was imposed by Judge William Sullivan.

Raposo was ordered to serve an additional two years of supervised probation.

“I am very pleased that these cases were resolved quickly and the defendant was held accountable. He committed the armed robbery while out on bail for stealing a car.  The defendant is a career criminal who is a danger to the community and  belongs off the street to protect society,” District Attorney Thomas Quinn said.

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