Woman pleads guilty to Solomons robbery
30-year-old now faces up to six years’ time
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.