Hur­lock man gets 24 years for rob­bery

Charged in three Mid-Shore coun­ties

Dorchester Star - - LOCAL - By DUSTIN HOLT [email protected]­pub.com Fol­low Caro­line/Dorch­ester Editor Dustin Holt on Twit­ter @Dustin_S­tarDem.

CAM­BRIDGE — A Hur­lock man, con­victed in an Oc­to­ber 2017 Hur­lock home in­va­sion, re­ceived a 24-year prison sen­tence Wed­nes­day, May 10, in Dorch­ester County Cir­cuit Court.

Ac­cord­ing to the Dorch­ester County State’s At­tor­ney’s Of­fice, James Quin­ton Thomas, 34, was sen­tenced to 15 years in the Mary­land Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions for a con­vic­tion re­lated to an Oct. 27 home in­va­sion in the 7000 block of Wil­liams­burg Church Road near Hur­lock.

He re­ceived an ad­di­tional nine years for the rob­bery con­vic­tion re­lated to an Oct. 27 rob­bery in the 5000 block of Mt. Zion Road near Hur­lock. The sen­tences will run con­sec­u­tively.

Thomas was ac­cused of com­mit­ting a string of armed rob­beries on the Mid-Shore in Oc­to­ber 2017. He was ar­rested by Dorch­ester County Sher­iff’s Of­fice on Nov. 3, 2017.

The ar­rest led to Thomas be­ing charged with rob­bery in Caro­line, Dorch­ester and Tal­bot coun­ties.

Thomas was wanted for the armed rob­bery at the Shore Stop in Pre­ston on Oct. 26. In that case, he was charged with armed rob­bery, first-de­gree as­sault, theft be­tween $100 and $1,500, reck­less en­dan­ger­ment, use of a firearm in the com­mis­sion of a vi­o­lent crime, hand­gun in ve­hi­cle, hand­gun on per­son, pos­ses­sion of an il­le­gal firearm and two counts of forger y.

The Shore Stop case is slated to go to a jury trial in Caro­line County Cir­cuit Court in July.

Thomas also was ac­cused of armed rob­bery on Oct. 27 in the 5000 block of Mt. Zion Road near Hur­lock. In this case, Thomas re­ceived the nine-year sen­tence in Dorch­ester County.

Later on Oct. 27, Thomas was ac­cused of com­mit­ting a home in­va­sion in the 7000 block of Wil­liams­burg Church Road near Hur­lock. In this case, Thomas re­ceived the 15-year sen­tence in Dorch­ester County.

Ac­cord­ing to charg­ing doc­u­ments, the Caro­line County Sher­iff’s Of­fice con­nected Thomas to an Oct. 21 rob­bery in the 400 block of Dover Street in Eas­ton. Thomas was charged with rob­bery, sec­ond-de­gree as­sault and theft of less than $100 in the Eas­ton case.

Ac­cord­ing to Mary­land Case Search, Thomas is sched­uled to ap­pear in Tal­bot County Cir­cuit Court on June 22 for a plea hear­ing.

Po­lice said video footage showed a black man grab items from a woman and then run south on Hig­gins Street. Po­lice said video footage showed the same man exit a dark Honda Ac­cord near Su­per Soda prior to the rob­bery.

The Caro­line County Sher­iff’s Of­fice be­gan in­ves­ti­gat­ing Thomas when deputies re­sponded to the Shore Stop at 233 Main St. in Pre­ston at about 9 p.m. Oct. 26.

Ac­cord­ing to charg­ing doc­u­ments, a black man with hair to his shoul­ders en­tered the store and tried to buy cig­a­rettes with a bad check. Po­lice said when the man was told about the check, he went back to his car, came back in with a hand­gun, and took cig­a­rettes and cash. Po­lice said the man fled the scene in a dark car.

Po­lice said Caro­line Sher­iff’s Of­fice in­ves­ti­ga­tors seized the bad check. In­ves­ti­ga­tors traced the check to the Prov­i­dent State Bank in Fed­er­als­burg when a man, sim­i­lar to the de­scrip­tion from the Shore Stop rob­bery, en­tered the bank on Oct. 24 to try to cash a check. Po­lice said the bank would not cash the check be­cause it was in some­one else’s name, and the per­son left the bank.

Ac­cord­ing to charg­ing doc­u­ments, Caro­line in­ves­ti­ga­tors were able to iden­tify Thomas and his dark Honda Ac­cord.

At about 5:50 p.m. Oct 27, Dorch­ester County sher­iff’s deputies re­sponded to 5000 block of Mt. Zion Road near Hur­lock for a re­ported armed rob­bery. Po­lice said a man, later iden­ti­fied as Thomas, pulled out a hand­gun and de­manded money from a per­son parked in a drive­way.

The Dorch­ester County Sher­iff’s Of­fice no­ti­fied the Caro­line Sher­iff’s Of­fice about the in­ci­dent, and the man’s de­scrip­tion matched from the Shore Stop armed rob­bery.

Two hours later on Oct. 27, Dorch­ester deputies re­sponded to a home in­va­sion in the 7000 block of Wil­liams­burg Church Road near Hur­lock. Po­lice said the man en­tered a home with­out con­sent and de­manded money while point­ing a hand­gun.

Ac­cord­ing to charg­ing doc­u­ments, the man de­scribed in the Wil­liams­burg Church Road in­ci­dent matched the de­scrip­tion from the ear­lier Dorch­ester and Shore Stop armed rob­beries. Po­lice said the gun used in the in­ci­dents matched the de­scrip­tion of a black re­volver.

JAMES QUIN­TON THOMAS

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