Galena man sen­tenced for rob­bery of Dol­lar Gen­eral in Centreville

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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.

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