Baltimore Co. man convicted of robbing Hagerstown jewelry store

May 17, 2011|By DON AINES |

HAGERSTOWN — A Baltimore County man could face a minimum of 10 years in prison after a Washington County Circuit Court jury convicted him this week of robbing a Hagerstown area jewelry store in 2008.

Bashawn Moneak Montgomery, 33, of Reisterstown was also convicted on Monday of second-degree assault and several theft and credit-card offenses.

The jury, however, found him not guilty of false imprisonment in the June 8, 2008, robbery at King’s Jewelry in Valley Mall.

Assistant State’s Attorney Christopher McCormack said he will ask the court to impose an enhanced sentence because Montgomery has a previous conviction for a violent crime, a 2003 armed robbery in Baltimore City.

In April 2010, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was investigating a credit-card fraud case at the Prime Outlets, according to the application for statement of charges. An investigator spoke with Montgomery, an acquaintance of a suspect in that case, the documents said.

That led investigators to look into earlier credit-card fraud cases, including the 2008 incident at King’s, the documents said. A woman employee at King’s identified Montgomery from a photographic array and said he intimidated her into running a stolen credit-card number to buy rings, the documents said.

The employee told investigators the man became aggressive, told her to keep her hands on the counter and demanded that she run a credit-card number for the purchase of two rings, the documents said. The number was written down on a piece of paper handed to him by another man, the documents said.

A Gaithersburg, Md., woman testified Monday that the rings were charged to her credit card without her knowledge or consent.

Assistant Public Defender Loren Villa argued to the jury that the identification of Montgomery two years after the incident was questionable. She also said the incident was not reported to police for a period of two or more hours and questioned whether a customer being loud and aggressive met the definition of a robbery.

There was an implied threat of force that placed the employee and her supervisor in fear, McCormack told the jury.

After the verdict, Judge Daniel P. Dwyer ordered Montgomery be held without bond and that a criminal-record check be conducted prior to his sentencing on July 11.

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