BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Forrest Hardy, 33, of Baton Rouge, will be spending a long time behind bars after learning his sentence from U.S. Chief Judge Shelly D. Dick.

Hardy was sentenced to over 24 years in jail in connection with armed robberies that took place in January of 2020.

DOJ said the convictions were “for interference with commerce by robbery.”

The convictions stem from those robberies that happened in Baton Rouge on back-to-back days.

On January 7, 2020, Hardy walked into a Boost Mobile Store on Scenic Hwy. around 6:40 p.m.

Hardy came into the store with a mask on and a firearm in hand.

The Baton Rouge man ordered an employee to hand over money and Hardy left the scene in a 1999 Lexus SUV with that money.

This all happened near a BPRD police station.

The ensuing investigation led detectives to determine that Hardy was a suspect in the armed robbery.

While the investigation was unfolding, Hardy committed another armed robbery on January 8, 2020.

A little over 24 hours after the first armed robbery, Hardy entered the Metro PCS cellular phone store on North Foster Dr. with a mask on.

“Hardy then pointed a loaded Glock, model 22, .40 caliber pistol, with an extended magazine and a weapon-mounted flashlight at an employee and demanded cash from the register,” according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

The 33-year-old left the armed robbery with that money along with whatever he pocketed from the store safe. Hardy did make off with a Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Around one hour after that armed robbery, Hardy was located by the Baton Rouge Police Department.

Officers initiated a traffic stop on the 1999 Lexus SUV driven by Hardy.

“Law enforcement officers observed, in plain view, a black handgun with an extended magazine, and a black mask on the front passenger seat,” according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Hardy was arrested and a search of the vehicle uncovered the items listed below:

  • Assault style firearm
  • .40 caliber Glock semiautomatic pistol with an extended magazine
  • Stolen cash
  • Ski mask
  • Gloves used by Hardy during the robberies
  • Ammunition

These organizations assisted the United States Department of Justice on this case:

  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
  • Baton Rouge Police Department

At the conclusion of his sentence, Hardy will have “to serve five years of supervised release,” according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Hardy will also have to give up the gun used in the armed robberies.

This was the third time that Hardy was convicted of a crime.

The Baton Rouge man was “convicted of armed robbery in East Baton Rouge Parish in 2007 and convicted of second-degree battery and false imprisonment with a dangerous weapon in Lafayette Parish in 2019,” according to the U.S. Department of Justice.