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Former Restaurateur Sentenced in Armored Truck Holdup

March 30, 1993

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) _ A man who disguised himself as Santa Claus during a Christmastime 1988 armored car holdup has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Jeffrey Stenner, 40, also was ordered to repay the money but said he could’t because he had spent most of it.

Stenner, a former restaurateur, was sentenced Monday for the Dec. 20, 1988, robbery. He pleaded guilty to robbery.

He also admitted he was involved in a 1987 robbery in West Hartford, but prosecutors agreed not to charge him in that holdup in exchange for his plea.

Authorities said $695,000 was stolen in the 1988 robbery and at least $1.1 million was taken in the 1987 holdup.

U.S. District Judge Alan H. Nevas ordered Stenner to pay back the money.

Stenner’s sentencing had been delayed to allow his lawyers time to prove he spent all the money. Stenner’s accountant testified he squandered or lost most of it through his restaurants.

Prosecutors believe that of $1.8 million stolen in both robberies, at least $1 million has not been accounted for.

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