Friday, May 28, 2010


Daytona Beach, Florida (SafeCITY) - Dean Rockmore, a 49-year-old Florida man, was sentenced to life in prison after stealing $4 worth of socks from an area Wal-Mart.

According to the Deland Police Department, Rockmore was observed by a loss-prevention security officer trying to steal a T-shirt and socks by stuffing them into his pants, back in March.

Investigators say when Rockmore ran from the store, the worker followed. The employee backed off when Rockmore revealed a gun while telling the employee "Let it be, you don't want none."

Rockmore ditched the T-shirts but got away with the socks.

Rockmore had been out of prison for two months when he stole the socks valued at $4. He was found guilty of robbery with a firearm during his trial in April.

The Circuit Judge found Rockmore qualified as a prison-release re-offender because he committed the crime within three years of his release from prison.

Rockmore has a record in Volusia County dating to 1980 which includes Arson, Aggravated Assault on a Firefighter/Paramedic, trafficking stolen merchandise and forgery. He was released from Florida Department of Corrections in January 2009 after spending four years in jail for battery on a law-enforcement officer.

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