Man Connected to String of New Bedford Robberies Sentenced to Prison

Bristol County District Attorney’s Office
Thomas M. Quinn III
District Attorney

January 26, 2017

A 33-year-old former Dartmouth man charged with committing a string of armed robberies in New Bedford during a 19-day stretch  this past May was sentenced to serve four to 10 years in state prison yesterday in fall River Superior Court, District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced.

Rashaun Burgess pleaded guilty on January 20th to three counts of armed robbery, two counts of armed assault to rob and one count of larceny over $250. The defendant was held in jail prior to sentencing, which occurred Wednesday afternoon.

The robberies connected to this indictment all occurred between May 11, 2016 and May 30, 2016 at the following New Bedford locations:

–          One Stop Gas and Variety on Kempton Street

–          Brock Avenue Variety on Brock Avenue

–          A L Prime Energy on Rockdale Avenue

–          Cumberland Farms on Ashley Boulevard

–          Cumberland Farms on Acushnet Avenue

After an extensive, multi-jurisdictional investigation, the defendant was arrested in Wareham on June 9.   The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Jeanne Veenstra and the sentencing judge was Raffi Yessayan.

“This defendant went on a robbery spree terrorizing ordinary people just trying to make a living.  I will continue to prioritize the prosecution of armed robberies by defendants who are violently disrupting the lives of law-abiding citizens,” said District Attorney Quinn.  “I am pleased that the defendant will face the possibility of serving up to ten years in prison.”


Gregg Miliote

Director of Communications