Thief Who Targeted Autistic Man to Serve 3 Years in Prison

The Stamford resident convicted of stealing $100 in birthday money from an autistic man in September has been sentenced to three years in prison followed by three years of probation, court officials said.

Steven St. Jacques pleaded guilty to second-degree larceny and second-degree robbery in court after tricking a 27-year-old autistic man into handing over his birthday money near Veterans Park in Stamford.

Police released surveillance footage that showed a man later identified as St. Jacques running from the scene after pocketing the cash.

Investigators searched his home and found an article of clothing that matched what the suspect was wearing in the video.

Police said it wasn't the first arrest for St. Jacques, who had been previously charged with assault and robbery.

As Stamford police investigated, police officers, members of the local police union and community members banded together to collect money for the victim and presented him with $1,300

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