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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Former Glen Burnie Man Indicted on Robbery and Gun Charges in Connection with the August Robbery of an Exxon Gas Station


Store Employee Shot and Killed During the Robbery


Baltimore, Maryland - A federal grand jury today has indicted Robin Tyrone Smith, age 26, formerly of Glen Burnie, Maryland, on robbery and gun charges related to the armed robbery of an Exxon Station convenience store on August 7, 2014.

The indictment was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Anne Arundel County Police Chief Tim Altomare; and Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Anne Colt Leitess.

“Partnerships led to this indictment, and we will continue to work together to hold accountable anyone who participated in this heinous act,” said Anne Arundel County Police Chief Timothy J. Altomare. “Hopefully, this sends a strong message to bad guys out there that we will form partnerships and utilize whatever resources are necessary to ensure that we bring about justice.”

According to the indictment and court documents the Exxon Station convenience store located at 7898 Ridge Road in Hanover, Maryland was robbed on August 7, 2014. The robber, who was captured on video surveillance, was armed with a gun and shot the store clerk during the robbery. The store clerk died at the scene. The indictment alleges that Smith is the person who committed the robbery of the Exxon and shot the employee.

According to court documents, investigators learned that the day before the Exxon robbery, a burglary occurred at an apartment located across the street from Smith’s residence. Items taken during the burglary included a .45 caliber Springfield Armory XD 45 firearm, .45 caliber hollow point ammunition, an X-box gaming system and games for the system. A review of the Exxon video established that the gun used in the robbery was the same model as was stolen in the apartment burglary the day before. Some of the stolen X-box games were pawned at a store located in the Arundel Mills Mall by an individual providing a Maryland State Identification card in the name of Robin Tyrone Smith. Video surveillance from the store shows a male wearing the same clothing as the person who committed the Exxon robbery. The investigation is continuing.

Smith faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for the robbery; and life in prison for brandishing and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence. An initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Baltimore has not yet been scheduled. Smith remains detained on related state charges.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the FBI, Anne Arundel County Police Department, and Anne Arundel State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney Bonnie S. Greenberg, who is prosecuting the case.

Updated January 27, 2015