The father-son team targeted older women in casino parking lots – apparently considering them easy pickings for purse snatching. Douglas M. Tatar, 21, would surprise the victim, shove her to the ground and grab the handbag.
His ather, Daniel C. Tatar, 46, was the get-away driver, prosecutors said.
The younger Tatar, who previously pleaded guilty to two robberies, was sentenced Thursday to a year in jail on each count.
The father earlier this summer pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted robbery.
The two were arrested after robbing a woman outside the Hamburg casino the evening of May 30. Another robbery took place in during the day at the Seneca casino parking lot downtown.
One of the women they targeted was in State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang’s courtroom Thursday to see the younger Tatar sentenced.
The judge brushed aside defense requests for a split sentence, which attorney Tim Gallagher said would allow Tatar to find work and pay restitution. Gallagher cited his client’s drug addiction as a factor in the crimes. Tatar told the judge he was “truly sorry from the bottom of my heart.”
Wolfgang was skeptical.
“Mr. Tatar, you are on the way to becoming a career criminal and you are a future candidate for state prison – following in the footsteps of the rest of your family,” Wolfgang said sharply. “This is a despicable crime, stealing from senior citizens – knocking them over in the middle of the day.”
Noting that Tatar also is awaiting sentencing in a petit larceny case, Wolfgang said she hoped the next judge would have that sentence run consecutive to his robbery terms.
Assistant District Attorney Brian Langenfeld, who is prosecuting the cases, said Daniel C. Tatar is scheduled to be sentenced by Wolfgang on Tuesday. The senior Tatar, who has prior felony convictions, faces a longer possible prison term, Langenfeld said.
Both victims wrote letters to the court about their experiences, the judge said. The woman who came to court said after the sentencing that physically she was doing well, but that she wished Tatar could have received more jail time.