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Movie Theater Crawler. Seriously?!

I just cut and paste the article so as to not have to leave this site. Crazy that this guy made that much money doing something so simple. How the hell did he get away with it for so long??

Article can be found here too http://www.greenwichtime.com/news/article/Federal-jury-convicts-movie-theater-crawler-3972688.php

"HARTFORD – Anthony Johnson’s weekends of crawling across movie theater floors, pilfering purses and running up $30,000 bills on other people’s credit cards are over for now.

The 49-year-old convicted felon – who made a living selling the $1,000 gift cards, iPods, cellphones and designer sunglasses he bought using the stolen cards – was convicted Monday by a U.S. District Court jury on seven charges of using a stolen credit card and two charges of identity theft.

The thefts took place between 2008 and 2010 at several movie theaters, including Bow Tie Cinemas in Greenwich and Fairfield Cinemas.

Johnson faces up to 10 years in prison on each of the stolen credit card charges and a mandatory two-year consecutive sentence on each of the two identity theft charges when he is sentenced Jan. 14.

Johnson, formerly of Philadelphia, was known on the streets there as “Hustlin’ Tone.” He drove a gold Mercedes and had a taste for dapper designer clothes and high-end sunglasses.

In court Monday, he was dressed more conservatively in a beige suit and white shirt with a black patterned tie. He showed no emotion when the 12-member jury returned its guilty verdicts after little more than two hours of deliberation. The verdict ended a three-day trial.

The jurors apparently believed testimony from Jamie Lynn McGowan and Lashirelle Bryant, two of Johnson’s accomplices. Both testified against him last week.

McGowan described Johnson as slithering “like a snake” across movie theater floors before reaching inside partially opened purses and pilfering the credit cards when she testified last week.

After the pair had several cards, they would leave the theater for their rented van. Johnson would then create an identity card using the victim’s name and McGowan’s photograph, the accomplice said.

Once that was done, he would send McGowan on a spending spree hitting Targets, --where the goal was to buy 10 $1,000 gift cards, phone cards, electronics and clothing – or the state’s casinos, where she would obtain $2,000 cash advances and buy Cartier sunglasses costing $500 to $800 each. Johnson would then sell the items at a discounted price often getting just $500 for the gift cards.

“A good weekend was $50,000 to $70,000,” McGowan told the jury. “Thirty (thousand) to $40,000 was a bad weekend.”

She said Johnson chose primarily Fairfield County theaters showing movies like “Eat, Pray, Love;” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button;” and “Twilight Eclipse” because “there’d be a lot of white women there … He said these were million-dollar movies.”

Both women pleaded guilty to one count each of use of a stolen credit card and aggravated identity theft. Each faces a federal sentencing guideline of 36 to 42 months in prison.

“This was not the outcome that Mr. Johnson hoped for,” said Frank Riccio II, his court-appointed lawyer. “None of the victims who testified could identify Mr. Johnson as the thief. His accomplices did identify him, but they were motivated by their cooperation agreement with the government.”

Riccio said Johnson intends to appeal the conviction.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Raul Kale and Paul McConnell prosecuted the case, which was the result of an investigation by the FBI with the help of local police."

Cops found him from the smell of soda and buttery topping.

Wow that is nuts

I know right! I heard the story on the radio this morning and it blew everyone away that this could go on for so long essentially out in the open. Granted the theaters had very few people in them at the time but still. That led into callers calling in anonymously and describing a scheme that they had been or currently are using without having been caught. I gotta tell ya, people have some huge balls with some of the shit they do. If they only used their powers for good… :slight_smile:

How would you not notice this guy

[quote]bdocksaints75 wrote:
How would you not notice this guy [/quote]

The patrons were mesmerized by Julia Roberts.

“There’d be a lot of white women there”

“None of the victims who testified could identify Mr. Johnson as the thief. His accomplices did identify him, but they were motivated by their cooperation agreement with the government.”

Snitches be snitchin

thats pretty clever…I wounder how big this guy was. I’m thinking very small, does a lot of zumba to keep his slithering skills on. Imagine catching him under your chair? WFT?! Smart of him to pick the movies like that…good thing he didnt try that shit in a movie like The Expendables or (insert manly movie here).

‘Hustlin’ Tone’


You can make this shit up.