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Landover Man Pleads Guilty to Bank Robberies

Landover Man Pleads Guilty to Bank Robberies

        Greenbelt, Maryland - Damon Keith Roberts, age 48, of Landover, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to three counts of bank robbery in connection with a series of bank robberies that occurred between March 12 and August 18, 2010.

        The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Richard A. McFeely of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Interim Chief Mark Magaw of the Prince George’s County Police Department; and Anne Arundel County Police Chief James Teare, Sr.

Felon Sentenced on Drug and Gun Charges

Felon Sentenced on Drug and Gun Charges

        Greenbelt, Maryland - Chief U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced Corenzo Mobery, age 28, of District Heights, Maryland, today to 125 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine, and possession of a firearm by a felon.

        The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Edgar A. Domenech of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Washington Field Division; and  Special Agent in Charge Ava Cooper-Davis of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Washington Field Division.

Burglary Prevention Tips from Greenbelt Police

Burglary Prevention Tips from Greenbelt Police

Due to an increase in residential burglaries throughout the City, the Greenbelt Police Department is urging residents to takes steps to protect their homes. Patrol efforts have been stepped up city-wide, but residents are being reminded to lock their doors and windows and to keep their curtains and blinds drawn when not at home. In addition, residents should remember to arm their alarm systems when they leave if they have one. Also, as the holidays near, do not leave empty boxes from expensive items out for trash pick up.

Prince George's County Police Officer Nearly Shot by Robbery Suspect During Struggle for Gun

Prince George's County Police Officer Nearly Shot by Robbery Suspect During Struggle for Gun

The Prince George’s County Police Department’s Special Investigative Response Team is investigating a police involved shooting in which a Prince George’s County police officer traded gunshots with a suspected robber while the two stood just feet away from each other.   

Thursday evening at approximately 8:07 p.m., patrol officers responded to a report of a citizen armed robbery near the 1700 block of Countrywood Court in Landover, Maryland.  An area canvass was conducted and a robbery detective located a suspect matching the description near Cedarwood Court and Sheriff Road.

Prince George's Police Chief's Cars Vandalized

Prince George's Police Chief's Cars Vandalized

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) - A spokesman for the Prince George's County Police Department says two cars used by the police chief have been vandalized in recent weeks.

Maj. Andy Ellis says Police Chief Roberto Hylton's cars were shot with a pellet gun in October while parked in his marked spots at police headquarters in Palmer Park. He says a Crown Victoria was shot in the rear window and in a rear quarter panel, and an Impala was shot in a passenger door.

Hylton could be replaced as chief by Rushern Baker, who is being sworn in Monday as county executive.

Two people who represent organizations that support retaining Hylton say they suspect the vandalism is retaliation for what they say are the chief's efforts to hold officers accountable for misconduct.

Maryland Council Member Charged with Assault

Prince George's County (AP)- A Prince George's County Council member is facing an assault charge after allegedly attacking a county employee.

A charging document filed Sunday says Marilynn Bland grabbed the individual and started screaming and cursing at him on Nov. 17 when he started a meeting without her. The individual making the complaint, W. Randy Short, is the director of the Prince George's County Council's Youth Commission.

The charge carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison or a $2,500 fine.

A message left at the County Council's office early Tuesday was not immediately returned.

Wife of Liquor Store Owner had $400k in Her Closet

Prince George's County (AP)- Prosecutors say the wife of a liquor store owner arrested along with three police officers in a federal sting had $400,000 stashed in a closet.

Ravinder Mehli and her husband, Amrik Singh Melhi, are accused in an extortion conspiracy case alleging they paid county officers to ensure transport of untaxed cigarettes and alcohol in Maryland and Virginia.

Prosecutors revealed the hoard of cash at a hearing Tuesday in U.S. District Court in which Mehli and her husband were ordered held without bond. Federal prosecutors said the case is linked to the recent arrest of Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson, but did not elaborate.

Melhi's attorney, Gabriel Christian, said the allegations had yet to be proven.