Charles County man pleads guilty in St. Mary’s rob­beries

Three oth­ers also charged at holdups in jew­elry store, phar­macy

Maryland Independent - - News - By JOHN WHAR­TON jwhar­ton@somd­ TWIT­TER: @JOHNEN­TNEWS

Fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors re­port that a Charles County man pleaded guilty this week to armed rob­bery, con­spir­acy and weapons charges from a pair of holdups in 2014 in St. Mary’s, at a jew­elry store and a phar­macy.

Ab­del­rahim Ayyad, 50, of White Plains faces sen­tenc­ing in Septem­ber in U.S. District Court in Green­belt.

In June 2014, ac­cord­ing to the pros­e­cu­tors’ of­fice, Ayyad conspired with Fur­man Troy, Dar­rell Lee and Michael Burgess to rob com­mer­cial busi­nesses in St. Mary’s.

Ayyad ad­mit­ted, the pros­e­cu­tors’ of­fice re­ports, that he drove to Wash­ing­ton, D.C., to pick up Troy, Lee and Burgess and take them to T.C. Martin Jewel­ers in Char­lotte Hall, where Ayyad handed Troy a bag con­tain­ing a gun, and Lee bran­dished a firearm at the owner of the store. Troy bound the store owner with duct tape, and the rob­bers de­manded the key to the jew­elry counter from an em­ployee of the store be­fore steal­ing jew­elry worth more than $8,800, cash and a lap­top computer.

Four days later, the pros­e­cu­tors’ of­fice re­ports, Ayyad and Burgess drove to New Mar­ket Phar­macy near Me­chan­icsville, with Troy and Lee fol­low­ing in an­other ve­hi­cle. Ayyad and Burgess waited in their ve­hi­cle while Troy and Lee robbed the phar­macy, where Lee again bran­dished a gun and Troy bound a phar­macy em­ployee with duct tape. Troy and Lee stole cash and pre­scrip­tion bot­tles con­tain­ing oxy­codone, methadone, hy­drocodone and en­do­cet, val­ued at $8,897.

Troy, 45, and Lee, 48, both of Char­lotte Hall, and Burgess, 54, of Alexan­dria, Va., pre­vi­ously pleaded guilty to their roles in the rob­beries, ac­cord­ing to the pros­e­cu­tors’ of­fice. Troy was sen­tenced to 12 years in prison, and Lee and Burgess are await­ing sen­tenc­ing on the charges from the in­ves­ti­ga­tion ini­tially car­ried out by St. Mary’s sher­iff’s de­tec­tives and county pros­e­cu­tors.

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