WEST CHESTER – A change of clothing might have kept Michael Christo Stuckey out of state prison.
Stuckey, 21, of Oxford was sentenced to One-and-a-half to seven years in state prison on the charge of attempted robbery stemming from an incident in Oxford in which he tried to hold up a Dollar General Store with a handgun, but was spooked when the checkout clerk said she would have to get her manager to give him the money he sought.
The attempted robbery was captured on a security video monitor in the store, and police were able to determine that the gunman was wearing dark blue jeans, a burgundy hooded sweatshirt, and white sneakers with white trim. His face was obscured by a bandana.
The day following the robbery, an Oxford police officer stopped Stuckey on Fifth Street in the borough, a few blocks from the store. The officer noticed that Stuckey was wearing the same clothes as the man in the video.
When Stuckey was questioned about the incident, he admitted his guilt, according to an arrest affidavit filed in the case by Oxford Sgt. Thomas McFadden.
Stuckey pleaded guilty on Friday before Senior Judge Ronald Nagle, and was sentenced as part of a plea agreement worked out between Assistant District Attorney Mackenzie Smith, who prosecuted the case, and defense attorney Bruce Laverty of Downingtown, representing Stuckey.
The robbery attempt occurred about 9:45 p.m. on Oct. 11 at the Dollar General Store on North Third Street in the borough.