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Serial armed robber sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for robberies in Baltimore, Anne Arundel counties

A Baltimore man was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for robberies in Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties on Wednesday.

Donte Lamont Dingle, 47, was charged with four counts of interference with commerce by robbery; a conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery; four counts of using, carrying, and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence; and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, in connection with the robberies of four liquor stores.

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In each of the four liquor store robberies, Dingle brandished a gun and wore various costumes and disguises. A federal jury convicted Dingle on Oct. 20 after a six-day trial.

U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced Dingle to federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release.

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“Criminals like Donte Dingle who use firearms to commit robberies jeopardize lives, undermine communities and must be held accountable. Dingle committed these robberies in broad daylight and threatened the store employees at gunpoint,” acting U.S. Attorney Jonathan F. Lenzner said in a statement Wednesday. “Let this sentence send a strong message that these criminal actions cannot, and will not, be tolerated. If you commit a crime with a gun, you could face a lengthy federal prison sentence, and with no parole.”

Between June 6, 2018, and July 12, 2018, Dingle committed four armed robberies of liquor stores in Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties, according to a news release. During each of these robberies, Dingle entered the store and brandished a pistol at the victims, forcing them to empty the money from the cash registers into his bag, often threatening the victims with death or serious bodily injury. After getting money from the registers, Dingle forced the victims into a room in the rear of the store and fled to a waiting getaway car.

According to trial testimony, DNA matching Dingle’s was recovered from a fake mustache the robber had left on the floor behind the counter during the June 6 robbery. Dingle’s DNA was recovered from clothing, wigs, glasses and other disguises that matched items worn by the robber. A silver .380-caliber pistol was also seized by law enforcement during a search at Dingle’s residence. Dingle’s fingerprint was also recovered from a bag of chips that Dingle stole but then left at the scene of the July 12 robbery, according to the news release.

During a robbery on July 12, 2018, in Reisterstown, witnesses testified that Dingle racked the slide of his gun loading a bullet into the chamber, pointed the gun at the store clerk, and threatened to shoot the clerk in the head if the clerk didn’t comply with Dingle’s orders, according to the news release.

In total, Dingle stole approximately $10,000 from the four stores.

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