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Man sentenced to 20 years for jewelry purchase using stolen credit card

July 11, 2011|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

A Baltimore County man convicted in May of a 2008 jewelry store robbery at Valley Mall was sentenced Monday in Washington County Circuit Court to 20 years in prison.

A jury found Bashawn Moneak Montgomery, 33, of Reisterstown, Md., guilty of robbery for intimidating an employee at King’s Jewelry into allowing him to purchase rings using a stolen credit card number June 8, 2008, according to trial testimony.

The jury also convicted Montgomery of several theft and credit card theft offenses, but acquitted him of false imprisonment, court records show. Circuit Judge Daniel P. Dwyer sentenced Montgomery to 30 years in prison, suspending 10 of those years.

There was no suspect in the case until April 2010 when the Washington County Sheriff’s Office began investigating a credit card fraud case at Prime Outlets, the application for statement of charges said. At that time, an investigator spoke with Montgomery, who was an acquaintance of a suspect in the fraud case, the document said.

That led investigators to look into earlier credit card fraud cases, including the 2008 incident at King’s, the charging document said. An employee identified Montgomery from a photo array and told investigators he intimidated her into running a stolen credit card number to buy the rings.

The employee told investigators the man became aggressive, told her to keep her hands on the counter and demanded she run the credit card number, which was written down on a piece of paper handed to him by another man, the charging document said.

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

After the verdict was announced in May, Assistant State’s Attorney Christopher McCormack told Dwyer he would seek an enhanced sentence because Montgomery had a 2003 conviction for an armed robbery in Baltimore City.

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