An Ellicott City man was convicted last week in the armed robbery of a convenience store located at an Exxon gas station in Ellicott City.
Peair Montevon Turner, 26, of the 5500 block of Waterloo Road, was found guilty on Thursday, Jan. 30 by a jury at the conclusion of a four-day trial held in Howard County Circuit Court. He was convicted of first- and second-degree assault, armed robbery, use of a handgun in the commission of a felony, robbery and theft.
He is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Timothy J. McCrone on Feb. 18.
According to Howard County State's Attorney spokesman Wayne Kirwan, Turner’s defense attorneys told the jury that their client did not commit the robbery, and suggested that the robbery was committed by Turner’s brother.
According to Kirwan, the robbery was captured by interior and exterior surveillance cameras at the store, located across from the National Guard Armory in the 4200 block of Montgomery Road in Ellicott City.
Exterior video showed a hooded suspect smoking and then discarding a cigarette butt, which was linked to Turner through DNA analysis, outside the store before entering to commit the robbery, Kirwan said.
In addition to stealing $600 from the store, Turner also took the cashier’s cellphone and wallet, Kirwan said. Among the items In the wallet was a 100 rupee bill, the currency of the cashier’s native country of Nepal.
Kirwan said Howard County police forensic investigators examined Turner’s smartphone after his April 6 arrest and discovered a Google search for the exchange rate between the rupee and the dollar. There were also searches on how to use a stolen ATM/debit card without possession of the PIN pass code, Kirwan said.
The black and silver handgun used in the robbery was recovered by a county sheriff’s deputy overseeing an April 10 eviction from an Ellicott City apartment that Turner subleted from a woman acquaintance, Kirwan said.
Assistant state's attorney Maurice Frazier said the gun, wrapped in a bandanna and hidden under the kitchen sink, was the subject of recorded jailhouse phone conversations between Turner and several acquaintances, Kirwan said. The prosecutor quoted Turner telling a caller, “As long as they don’t find that, I’m good.”
In addition to the March robbery, Turner faces charges in other robberies including the Dec. 24 armed robbery of an Ellicott City 7-Eleven and the April 6 robbery of Sonesta Hotel in Columbia, police said.