“I’m taking these and if I can’t, I’m going to shoot up the place.”
Those were the words of David Carroll as he took items from a business in the Central West End.
Now, Carroll, a repeat offender with half a dozen convictions, has been sentenced for his latest crime.
In November of 2012, Carroll entered a store and asked the clerk to open the display case holding pairs of expensive glasses. Then, he tried to leave the store with the glasses, uttering those chilling words and placing his hand on his pocket, as if he had a gun.
Carroll was quickly apprehended by police. In his possession: the glasses from the store and two baggies of drugs.
Carroll is no stranger to the law. He has six prior offenses for stealing-related crimes and he’s been revoked from probation and parole multiple times. But, by indicating he had a gun, prosecutors say his criminal activity was actually escalating.
“The defendant has repeatedly shown a callous disregard for others and their property,” wrote Assistant Circuit Attorney Jennifer Szczucinski in court documents. “Carroll has been given multiple chances at probation, community and institution-based drug treatment programs, yet he continues to violate the law and the community’s sense of safety.”
ACA Szczucinski recommended Carroll serve 20 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.
A judge sentenced him to serve 10 years.