Long Beach man gets prison for masterminding 13 Verizon store robberies

A Long Beach man who was the ringleader in a Verizon store robbery spree was sentenced today to more than 22 years in federal prison for his role in 13 heists across the Southland and Arizona.

U.S. District Judge David O. Carter also ordered Zachary David Wade, 42, to pay $360,236 in restitution.

Wade pleaded guilty last March to conspiracy to commit robbery, attempted robbery and using a gun in the stickups that prosecutors say netted the thieves about $340,000 in smart phones and other items.

Eight co-defendants have pleaded guilty to their roles in the robberies, which were committed between July 2017 and February 2018 at the company’s stores in Tarzana, Torrance, Fullerton, Long Beach, Corona, San Pedro, Corona del Mar and in Tucson and Glendale in Arizona.

Wade targeted the stores and supervised his cohorts while supplying equipment and guns for the heists, according to prosecutors, who said he was also in charge of doling out cuts from the robberies to his co-defendants.

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