Purchased “Throw Away” Cars and Used Shotguns, Rifles and Handguns to Steal $765,000 and Six Dunbar Employee Handguns
Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis sentenced Erick Wilson, age 28, of Columbia, Maryland, today to 32 years and a day in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for robbery and gun charges arising from a scheme to rob armored car employees who were transporting large amounts of cash. Judge Garbis sentenced David Marquise Howard, age 29, of Baltimore, yesterday also to 32 years and a day in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for his participation in the scheme.
The sentences were 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; Chief J. Thomas Manger of the Montgomery County Police Department; Howard County Police Chief William McMahon; Howard County State’s Attorney Dario Broccolino; and Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy.
According to their guilty pleas, on six occasions Howard, Wilson and other co-conspirators robbed employees of Dunbar Armored at gunpoint, in each instance stealing cash and a handgun from a Dunbar employee. The first robbery occurred in Washington, D.C. on May 22, 2008, and another robbery took place on December 27, 2010, in Ellicott City, Maryland. Four of the robberies took place in Silver Spring, Maryland, on April 29 and December 23, 2009, May 17, 2010 and April 4, 2011.
Howard and Wilson wore disguises and purchased “throw-away” cars to commit the robberies.
Additionally, Howard, Wilson and their co-conspirators: used disposable cell phones to communicate during the robberies; arranged for vehicles and drivers, including Wilson’s mother Regina McCullom, and Howard’s girlfriend Gloria Martino, to be near the robberies in order to quickly flee and help transport the stolen guns and money; and on several occasions rented hotel rooms on the days of the robberies where they met and divided the stolen cash and arranged for the disposal of the stolen
Howard hid some of the stolen cash from the April 4, 2011 robbery in a storage unit in Pennsylvania. After his arrest for the Montgomery County robberies in May 2011, Howard removed $2,000 in stolen new $20 bills from his person and took law enforcement to the corner of Eldorado Avenue and Carleview Road in Baltimore where he had buried a bag containing $10,000 of stolen money, along with a disposable cell phone box.
In the six robberies, Howard and Wilson stole a total of approximately $765,000.
Regina McCullom, a/k/a Regina Wilson, age 49, of Laurel, Maryland, and Gloria Martino, a/k/a Netty, aged 29, of Silver Spring, previously pleaded guilty to their roles in the armored car robberies and are scheduled to be sentenced on January 25 and 30, 2013, respectively.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the FBI, Montgomery County Police Department, Howard County Police Department; Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office and Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in the investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorneys Mark Crooks and Paul Budlow, who prosecuted the case.