LOCKPORT – Joshua K. Allen, who converted a shoplifting incident into a felony by pulling a razor blade on a store security guard, was blasted as an incompetent criminal and a bad person Thursday by State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr., who sentenced him to a year in Niagara County Jail.
“How do you live with yourself? Do you have a soul?” Kloch demanded of Allen, 27, of Lena Drive, Wheatfield. “You don’t have a soul because you can’t be honest.”
Assistant District Attorney Theresa L. Prezioso dubbed Allen “a serial larcenist” and said he recently was arrested on another theft charge at the North Tonawanda Walmart.
Kloch said Allen is “a poor thief because he keeps getting caught.” Prezioso said Allen has a history of trying to mislead judges.
Allen was arrested Feb. 15, 2011, at the Sears store in The Summit, a Wheatfield mall, after the razor blade incident, which followed the theft of a bottle of perfume and a memory card for a digital camera. Allen pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree robbery.