Hurlock man gets 24 years for robbery
Charged in three Mid-Shore counties
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