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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Baltimore Man Who Robbed Six Businesses in Two Days Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Nick Hornberger, age 47, of Baltimore, today to 11 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for three counts of robbery.  Judge Bennett also entered an order requiring Hornberger to pay restitution of $612.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Kevin Perkins of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Chief James W. Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department; Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger; Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby; and Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis.

According to his plea agreement, on March 5, 2014, from 12:40 a.m. to 2:35 p.m. Hornberger robbed the following five stores, stealing a total of $162 from four of these stores:

Royal Farms, Dundalk Avenue, Baltimore County;
Royal Farms, O’Donnell Street, Baltimore City;
7-11, Eastern Boulevard, Baltimore County;
7-11, Wise Avenue, Baltimore County; and
Dunkin Donuts, Kenwood Avenue, Baltimore County.

The following day, Hornberger robbed a pizza restaurant on Holabird Avenue in Baltimore County of $450.

In each robbery, the cashier or employee from whom Hornberger demanded money believed that Hornberger had a weapon, or was pointing a gun or assault rifle from inside of a white plastic bag.  Following his arrest, Hornberger identified himself in photos taken from video surveillance at each robbery.  A search warrant was executed at Hornberger’s motel room and a car used in the robberies.  Law enforcement seized a toy black assault style rifle stuffed inside a white plastic bag.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI, Baltimore City and County Police Departments and Baltimore City and County State’s Attorney’s Offices for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Special Assistant United States Attorney Piper F. McKeithen, a cross-designated Baltimore Assistant State’s Attorney assigned to Exile cases, and Assistant United States Attorney Bonnie S. Greenberg, who prosecuted the case.

Violent Crime
Updated November 19, 2015