Woman pleads guilty to Solomons rob­bery

30-year-old now faces up to six years’ time

The Calvert Recorder - - Front Page - By DANDAN ZOU [email protected]­news.com

A 30-year-old woman pleaded guilty Mon­day in cir­cuit court to rob­bing a con­ve­nience store in Solomons in June.

Mary Ellen Lip­pen­cott, 30, faces up to six years of prison time for the con­vic­tion. A sec­ond woman, Nicole Danielle Nichols, 32, who was the driver, was sen­tenced to four years in prison ear­lier this month.

The rob­bery at the 7-Eleven in Solomons was re­ported a lit­tle af­ter 2 a.m. on June 28. A state trooper was talk­ing to a woman whose Ford F-150 truck was parked par­tially in the road­way when he heard the emer­gency dis­patch call.

The trooper had stopped and ap­proached the truck’s driver be­cause of how the truck was parked with no lights ac­ti­vated and the ve­hi­cle was miss­ing its rear reg­is­tra­tion plate.

As the dis­patch call came in, Tfc. Davis’ lo­ca­tion on Route 2 near Lore Road was about a quar­ter-mile away from the 7-Eleven where the rob­bery was re­ported.

Tfc. Davis said he no­ticed the driver, Nichols, who over­heard the dis­patch call, had “started to vis­i­bly shake.”

Both Nichols and her pas­sen­ger, later iden­ti­fied as Lip­pen­cott, were wear­ing all black, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice. Lip­pen­cott matched the de­scrip­tion of the rob­bery sus­pect.

Af­ter a car search, po­lice found two black masks, two pairs of gloves, one black BB gun, a black pil­low case and loose cash to­tal­ing $116, the amount re­ported stolen from the store’s cash reg­is­ter, ac­cord­ing to Laura Mar­tin, state’s at­tor­ney who stood in for Kyle Tores, as­sis­tant state’s at­tor­ney who pros­e­cuted the case.

Po­lice also re­cov­ered mul­ti­ple li­cense plates, in­clud­ing one that was re­ported stolen out of Bal­ti­more County, ac­cord­ing to the pros­e­cu­tion.

A 7-Eleven em­ployee later iden­ti­fied Lip­pen­cott as the one who came into the store and de­manded money.

In a recorded in­ter­view, Lip­pen­cott re­port­edly con­fessed to rob­bing the store, ac­cord­ing to the pros­e­cu­tion. She re­port­edly said that she didn’t want to hurt any­one, but she needed money to pay

her rent. Lip­pen­cott also re­port­edly said Nichols had helped plan the rob­bery and was the driver to and from the con­ve­nience store.

“I made a stupid de­ci­sion while un­der the in­flu­ence,” Lip­pen­cott told Calvert Cir­cuit Judge Mark Chan­dlee, who at­tended a drug treat­ment pro­gram grad­u­a­tion last week at the de­ten­tion cen­ter where Lip­pen­cott was one of the grad­u­ates.

Lip­pen­cott, soft-spo­ken in court, said Mon­day she re­mem­bered Chan­dlee men­tion­ing “hon­est” when he spoke at the grad­u­a­tion. And that’s how she has been the en­tire time since she was ar­rested — noth­ing but hon­est, she said.

Lip­pen­cott had no prior crim­i­nal his­tory. Her sen­tenc­ing hear­ing is set for Jan. 7.

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