Baltimore man sentenced to 13 years in prison in pizza store robbery


A 30-year-old Baltimore man who robbed an Ellicott City pizza restaurant of $200 was sentenced yesterday to 13 years in prison.

Dana D. Polk pleaded guilty to armed robbery and use of vTC handgun in a crime in Howard County Circuit Court.

"We have to have a message for these jerks," Circuit Judge James B. Dudley said of the sentence he gave Polk. The sentence is at the top of state guidelines, which called for a prison term of nine to 14 years.

Dudley gave Polk a 20-year sentence, but suspended seven years.

Court records say Polk and an alleged accomplice -- whose trial is set for June 22 -- held up Papa John's restaurant on U.S. 40 in Ellicott City in December. The pair entered the restaurant at 9: 30 p.m. and threatened an employee with a semi-automatic handgun, court records say.

The employee gave the men about $200. When the men fled, a police officer on the restaurant parking lot followed them and a chase ensued, court records say. They were arrested nearby.

Polk's alleged accomplice told police the getaway car belonged to his mother.

Pub Date: 5/13/98

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