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Queens Chronicle

Woodside carjacker convicted

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Posted: Thursday, May 31, 2012 10:30 am | Updated: 11:38 am, Thu Jun 7, 2012.

A Bronx man was convicted Thursday of stealing a Lexus sedan at gunpoint from a Woodside car dealership in October 2006, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

Rafael Then, 28, was found guilty of first- and second-degree robbery following less than an hour of jury deliberation. Then faces up to 25 years in jail at his sentencing on June 7.

Shelton Phillips, a porter at Baron Auto Mall on Northern Boulevard, was parking cars for the night on Oct. 15 at 5 p.m. Phillips had just parked the black 2003 GS 300 when the defendant yelled to him, according to DA reports. When Phillips turned, Then was pointing a gun at him and demanded the keys to the car. Once he had the keys, Then told Phillips to go inside where Phillips called the police, according to DA reports.

The sedan was recovered 12 days later in the Bronx. An NYPD mobile plate reader alerted police officers that the license plate affixed to the Lexus was stolen. Then was arrested when the police observed him entering the vehicle.

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