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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 15, 2016

Baltimore Man Exiled to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Five Armed Robberies

Robbed Five Wireless Stores in Two Months

Baltimore, Maryland –U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander sentenced Treveric Speaks, age 41, of Baltimore, today to 10 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for a series of armed robberies of wireless stores.    

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Gordon B. Johnson of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis; and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.

According to his plea agreement, between July 20 and August 18, 2015, Speaks robbed five wireless stores.  In each robbery, Speaks posed as a customer.  Once Speaks and the store employee were alone in the store, Speaks brandished a gun, pointed the gun at the employee and demanded money from the cash register and/or store safe.  Speaks threatened to shoot the store employees if they did not comply with his demands.  In the robbery that Speaks committed on July 27, 2015, the store clerk had cashed her own pay check and the money ($580) was in an envelope next to the cash register.  In addition to stealing $950 from the cash register, Speaks also took the clerk’s $580.

On August 19, 2015, in an effort to identify the robber the FBI released surveillance photos from some of the robberies to the media.  After receiving several tips that identified Speaks as the robber, he was arrested on September 5, 2015.  Each of the store clerks identified Speaks from a photo array as the robber.  A search warrant executed at his residence recovered clothing and shoes consistent with the worn by the robber in the surveillance photos.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI, Baltimore Police Department and Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Patricia C. McLane, who prosecuted the case.

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Project Safe Neighborhoods
Violent Crime
Updated December 15, 2016