A Long Island man was found guilty of stealing nearly 45 brand new iPhones from a Hudson Valley store.

On Wednesday, 32-year-old Donald Potter of Long Island was convicted after a jury trial in Orange County Court for burglary, grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and possession of burglar's tools.

At the trial, prosecutors argued that on Oct. 20, 2018, at approximately 4:35 a.m., Potter and two accomplices entered the Sprint Store located at 469 Route 211 East in the Town of Wallkill with the intent to steal iPhones. Less than an hour later, Potter and his accomplices were found in a vehicle in the City of Port Jervis, in possession of 42 new iPhones that were stolen from the store.

Officials estimate the iPhones were worth over $40,000. Potter faces a maximum sentence of three and a half to seven years in prison when he is sentenced in December.

“Criminal activity is even more pernicious when it is organized,” Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler said. “This defendant apparently believed that since he and his accomplices did not reside in Orange County, they could escape responsibility for the crimes they committed here. Fortunately, the close cooperation and coordination between the various police agencies that investigated this case, and the District Attorney’s Office, ensured that there was a just result and that this defendant will be held accountable for his crimes.”

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