Robber who destroyed Pr. George's store surveillance system gets 45 years
David Ward Turner apparently believed his shades and hat -- and destroying a store's surveillance system -- would shield him from the law.
But they didn't protect him from eyewitnesses.
On May 26, Turner, of the District, and an accomplice went into the All-In Wireless Store in Landover and announced a robbery. Turner and an accomplice were both wearing sunglasses and hats, according to State's Attorney Glenn F. Ivey.
Turner held a gun to the owner of the store and a store employee, prosecutors said. He ordered them to empty the cash register, then destroyed the store's surveillance video system, prosecutors said. The pair made off with $350, officials said.
Days later, Turner was caught trying to rob a Burger King near the wireless store, authorities said, and the victims from the wireless store both identified Turner in a lineup and picked his photo from a photo array.
In March, both victims testified for the state, identifying Turner as one of the robbers, and a Circuit Court jury convicted Turner of armed robbery, theft, first-degree assault, and two handgun violations on March 23.
On Friday, Circuit Court Judge Sean Wallace sentenced Turner to 45 years in prison. Police are still seeking to determine the identity of the second suspect in the wireless store robbery.
-- Ruben Castaneda
May 18, 2010; 8:00 AM ET
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