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AT &T Robber Sentenced to 22 Years' Imprisonment

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. – A Raleigh man was sentenced today to 264 months’ imprisonment for robbing an AT&T store and illegally possessing a firearm.

According to court documents, Robert Kevin Boddie, 46, was named in a three-count Indictment filed in the Eastern District of North Carolina on November 20, 2019.  The Indictment charged Hobbs Act Robbery, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and Brandishing a Firearm in Furtherance of a Crime of Violence on April 15, 2019. On February 11, 2020, the defendant pled guilty to the Indictment pursuant to a plea agreement.

On April 15, 2019, the Raleigh Police Department (RPD), was dispatched to an armed robbery that occurred at the AT&T store located at 4551 New Bern Avenue in Raleigh.  Upon arrival, officers spoke with an employee who advised that the suspect, later identified as Boddie, entered the store and inquired about an iPhone.  According to the employee, Boddie then brandished a firearm and forced him to go to the rear storage room at gunpoint.  The employee placed eight iPhones (ranging in price from $749.99 to $1,099.99), an Alcatel Tetra (valued at $49.99), and a GPS tracker (valued at $480.00) from the safe into a plastic bag and gave it to Boddie.  The employee advised that Boddie then fled the store.  RPD reviewed the surveillance video from the store and were able to clearly see Boddie as the suspect.

RPD officers responded to the area of the AT&T store and began searching for Boddie with the use of the GPS tracker that was taken.  An officer traveling on Buffalo Road in Raleigh observed a vehicle swerve from traffic, cross a double yellow line, and then run a red light.  Once the officer reached the vehicle, both doors were open, and no one was in the vehicle.  The stolen cell phones and GPS unit were recovered from the vehicle.  Additionally, a loaded firearm with 12 rounds of ammunition wrapped in a shirt was located between the vehicle and guardrail on the side of the road. The officer heard someone running in the wooded area parallel to the road and gave chase.  The officer gave commands to Boddie to stop. Boddie was then arrested.  Officers established that the firearm located next to the vehicle was the same one used in the robbery.

Robert J. Higdon, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing by Chief U.S. District Judge Terrence W. Boyle. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, and the Raleigh Police Department (RPD) investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel W. Smith  prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release is located on our website. Related court documents and information are located on the website of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina or on PACER by searching for Case No. 5:19-CR-462-BO.

Updated May 28, 2020

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