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District of Columbia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 13, 2017

District Man Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison For Series of Burglaries in Northwest Washington

Defendant Admits to Three Burglaries Targeting Restaurants and Yoga Studio

            WASHINGTON – Melvin Anthony Turner, 49, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to a seven-year prison term for a series of burglaries of commercial establishments in Northwest Washington last summer, U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips announced.

 

            Turner pled guilty in November 2016, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to three counts of second-degree burglary. He was sentenced by the Honorable Maribeth Raffinan. Following his prison term, he will be placed on three years of supervised release.

 

            The charges stemmed from a series of burglaries last summer targeting small businesses in the Washington area. In his plea, Turner admitted to three separate burglaries. First, he admitted to entering the Thai Pad restaurant, in the 4400 block of Connecticut Avenue NW, on July 11, 2016, and stealing $350 from the cash register. He also admitted attempting to take items from desk drawers in other locations in the restaurant. Second, he admitted to forcibly entering the Circle Yoga studio, in the 3800 block of Northampton Street NW, on July 16, 2016, and stealing a laptop computer. Finally, he admitted to entering the Sudhouse bar and restaurant, in the 1300 block of U Street NW, on July 21, 2016, and stealing approximately $4,000 in cash and a laptop computer.

 

            After his arrest July 24, detectives with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) linked Turner to a number of additional burglaries between April and July of 2016 targeting small business that the government was prepared to prosecute if the case had gone to trial.

 

            In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Phillips commended the work of those who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department. He also acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialists Tiffany Fogle and Tiffany Jones. Finally, he expressed appreciation for the work of Assistant U.S. Attorneys Laura Crane and J. Matt Williams, who investigated the case and handled the sentencing.

Press Release Number: 
17-030
Updated February 13, 2017