Serial robber pleads guilty to Md. thefts

GREENBELT, Md. (WUSA9) -- A serial robber from Germantown, Md. pleaded guilty Tuesday to five count of robbery.

Duane James, 53, faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 for each of the five counts robbery, according to officials.

According to his plea agreement, on seven occasions from Jan. 21 to Feb. 17, 2013, James robbed Maryland businesses and their employees, each time wearing a ski mask and pointing what appeared to be a gun at the store clerks:

  • In Silver Spring, James stole $50 and $10,000 worth of jewelry at The Gold Spot store; $110 from the store register and $100 from the clerk's wallet at the AT&T store; and $3,000 from the cash drawer and lottery proceeds at the Bel Pre Beer & Wine store.
  • In Rockville, James stole $1,500 from the register at the Shell Gas Station.
  • In Gaithersburg, James stole $400 from the store register and $5 from the clerk at the Walnut Hill Liberty Gas Station; $300 from the cash register and $200 from the clerk at Twinbrook Shell Gas Station; and $1,043 from the register and cigarettes at the Exxon Gas Station.

Chief U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow scheduled sentencing for July 14, 2014 at 10 a.m.


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