Galena man sentenced for robbery of Dollar General in Centreville
CENTREVILLE — A Galena man told the court his drug habit was to blame for his robbing the Dollar General in Centreville in June. Michael C. Chamberlain, 28, was sentenced Dec. 13 to serve 7 years and 6 months in the state prison system for the crimes of robbery and felony theft.
Police responded to the store at 6:10 p.m. June 3 for a reported armed robbery that had just occurred. Witnesses told police a man entered the store and shortly after grabbed a female employee, threatened her with a knife and demanded she open the cash register, police said. She complied, and the man forcefully removed $150 cash and fled the store.
There were at least four customers and multiple employees in the store when the robbery occurred, police said. No injuries were reported.
Chamberlain confessed to committing the crime because he was suffering from drug withdrawal at the time of the offense, according to the Queen Anne’s County State’s Attorney’s Office. This sentence was at the high end of the recommend sentence of the Maryland Sentencing Guidelines.
Chamberlain has an additional 10 years of suspended or backup prison time which he could face upon his release, if he violates any of the terms of his 5 years of supervised probation.
In an unrelated theft case, Chamberlain was sentenced to 30 months of incarceration for the theft of jewelry and other valuables from a residence in the Centreville area. Pawn records were used to implicate Chamberlain for the theft offense.
The cases were investigated by Officer Dennis Lannon of Centreville Police Department, along with Detective Steve Matthews of the Criminal Investigation Unit of the Office of the Sheriff. The cases were prosecuted by Lance Richardson, State’s Attorney for Queen Anne’s County.
Richardson commended both of the law enforcement agencies and the officers for their excellent investigative work on these matters.
Richardson noted that drug addiction is fueling many of the crimes throughout the state and said he will likely recommend a long-term inpatient drug rehabilitation facility for Chamberlain just prior to his parole date for these offenses so that he has an opportunity for rehabilitation before simply being released back into society.