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Former Glen Burnie Man Pleads Guilty to a Robbery Conspiracy and to the August 2014 Robbery of an Exxon Gas Station

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maryland
Store Employee Shot and Killed During the Robbery

Baltimore, Maryland - Robin Tyrone Smith, age 27, formerly of Glen Burnie, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to a robbery conspiracy and to the armed robbery of an Exxon Station convenience store on August 7, 2014. 

The guilty plea 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; Anne Arundel County Police Chief Tim Altomare; and Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Wes Adams.

According to his plea agreement, Smith conspired with others to rob the Exxon Station convenience store located at 7898 Ridge Road in Hanover, Maryland on August 7, 2014. Specifically, on August 7, 2014, Smith, who was captured on video surveillance, entered the Exxon armed with a gun and shot the store clerk during the robbery. The store clerk died at the scene.

According to the plea agreement, the evidence would show that on the day before the Exxon robbery, Smith burglarized an apartment near his residence at the time.  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.  The stolen gun was used by Smith in the robbery.  Also on August 6, 2014, Smith sold some of the stolen X-box games at a store located in the Arundel Mills Mall. Smith provided his Maryland State Identification card at the store and witnesses have identified Smith as the person who sold the stolen games on that date. Surveillance video from the store shows Smith wearing the same clothing and shoes as he wore during the Exxon robbery.

Clothing and other evidence connecting Smith to the robbery and murder was also seized as a result of the execution of several search warrants during the investigation.

Smith and the government have agreed that if the Court accepts the plea agreement Smith will be sentenced to 40 years in prison.  U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz has scheduled sentencing for March 1, 2016.  Smith remains detained.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the FBI, Anne Arundel County Police Department, and Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorneys John F. Purcell and Matthew C. Sullivan, who are prosecuting the case.

Updated December 14, 2015

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