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Md. man gets 13 years in Pa. video store robbery

February 20, 2008

ROUZERVILLE, Pa. - A Baltimore man was sentenced to 13 years in prison for the Jan. 23, 2007, robbery at Hollywood Video in Washington Township, Pa., according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Jabari Kofi Penn, 29, pleaded guilty to a Hobbs Act robbery, which is one affecting interstate commerce, the news release stated.

The Washington Township Police Department worked with the Pennsylvania State Police and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in the investigation.

Local police chose to involve the other agencies due to Penn's previous criminal record and the type of firearm used in the incident, a Washington Township police spokeswoman said.

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The news release stated that Penn entered the video store with a sawed-off shotgun and demanded money from an employee. U.S. District Judge William W. Caldwell ordered Penn to pay $884 in restitution and serve a five-year term of supervision once released from prison.

Last year, John Eric Sicca of Waynesboro, Pa., was sentenced to two to six years in state prison after pleading guilty to criminal conspiracy to commit robbery. Police alleged that Sicca and his wife, Rachel Sicca, conspired with Penn to split the money from the holdup.

A tip to police linked Rachel Sicca, a former store employee, to the green sedan in which Penn fled, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Officers also learned that the suspects were returning to the area Feb. 1 and stopped their vehicle on Old Forge Road. Penn was wearing clothing that matched a robbery description and had a 12-gauge shotgun shell in his pocket, police said.

Investigators found a Remington 12-gauge shotgun in a duffel bag in the trunk of Penn's car, the news release states. The barrel had been shortened, and the stock had been cut into a pistol grip, according to the release.

Police said the Siccas picked up Penn from the Baltimore area before the robbery.

Rachel Sicca pleaded guilty Jan. 3 to conspiracy to commit robbery and is awaiting sentencing, according to court records.

- Jennifer Fitch

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