Alleged Robber Says This Is the 'Craziest Thing' He Ever Did

John X. Tracy III claims he didn't have a gun and was drunk when police said he robbed Springs Wines & Liquors Saturday.

Officer Michael Coleman leads John X. Tracy III into East Hampton Town Justice Court on Tuesday. Credit: Taylor K. Vecsey
Officer Michael Coleman leads John X. Tracy III into East Hampton Town Justice Court on Tuesday. Credit: Taylor K. Vecsey
The 19-year-old accused of robbing a Springs liquor store was released on $10,000 bail after his arraignment on Tuesday.

John X. Tracy III hung his head down, his shoulder-length hair covering his face, as police escorted him into East Hampton Town Justice Court to face a first-degree robbery charge, a violent felony, related to the robbery at Springs Wines & Liquor on Saturday.

Tracy forced the clerk at the store to open the cash register, "displaying what appeared to be a gun inside of his sweatshirt pocket and threatening serious injury," according to the criminal complaint East Hampton Town police filed with the court. He took $1,500 cash from the register, and fled, first on foot, then in a 2004 Dodge Ram pickup truck, police said.

According to the complaint, Tracy made an oral admission: "This is about Saturday, just so you know I didn't have a gun, that was the craziest thing I ever [sic] ever done, I was drunk."

No weapon was found on him during his arrest Monday morning. He did not give a written statement.

When asked, Tracy told East Hampton Town Justice Catherine A. Cahill that he graduated from East Hampton High School in 2012. He said he attended one semester of college in Vermont, but then returned to the area.

The Suffolk County District Attorney's office requested $50,000 cash or $150,000 bond. A grand jury is expected to be convened.

Defense attorney John O'Brien said that his client's parents, who were sitting in court, were prepared to post $10,000 cash bail. "He has no intention of fleeing the jurisdiction," O'Brien said.

Justice Cahill agree to set bail at $10,000.

Less than a half-hour later, he left with his parents John Tracy and Judi Desiderio.

Cahill put the case on her calendar for Dec. 5, though the case would be transferred to Suffolk County Criminal Court if there is a grand jury indictment.
Sophie7 November 12, 2013 at 01:21 PM
Poor kid....get this guy some help. What he did was SOOOO wrong...but I am telling you...there is much good inside. Troubled yes...evil or bad..NO! My heart goes out to his mom and dad and bro
Chelsea November 12, 2013 at 02:04 PM
Poor kid? There comes a time when you have to grow up and deal with the consequences. Being drunk is no excuse for what he did.
Ann November 12, 2013 at 02:04 PM
REALLY? I'm sorry...This Boy did not even SEEM Remorseful for what he did.He made it seem like a drunken adventure!Mommy & Daddy will get me out & take care of it. He should be sitting in jail until he REALIZES how SERIOUS the crime was that he committed!! Maybe a nice TOUR of a jail w/ criminals that committed similar crimes?? That's some GREAT therapy for KIDS like him.
Mary Grady November 12, 2013 at 02:47 PM
This could have ended so differently! Be glad that the clerk was not armed or that you were in this tony community and not further up island or New York!! Get him some help QUICK!
Conservative Underground November 12, 2013 at 03:37 PM
Mom and Dad must be so proud. Sounds like some one needs a one way ticket to Camp Lejeune; there are some outstanding people there who can get this young man squared away.
Andrea Gurvitz November 13, 2013 at 06:54 AM
Using alcohol to self medicate is all too common especially among 19 year old males. This is a big red flag. Get him help now.
olivia brooks November 13, 2013 at 07:04 AM
I feel badly for everyone involved. I hope Jack gets the help he needs.


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