Robert William Mayfield isn't saying whether he prefers the thin crust or the pan-style, but he's made it clear Pizza Huts are his favorite pizza parlors.
To rob, that is.
Mayfield, who twice robbed a Crofton Pizza Hut and twice robbed a Bowie Pizza Hut, was arrested only after police followed him on his way to what may have been a planned robbery at a Laurel Pizza Hut.
His lawyer, Gill Cochran, refused to say yesterday what made the national pizza chain's restaurants such appealing targets for robbery.
Mayfield, 21, with addresses in Crofton and Glen Burnie, pleaded guilty yesterday in county Circuit Court to four counts of armed robbery and two counts of using a handgun in a violent crime. He faces up to 120 years in prison at his sentencing, scheduled for Dec. 19. He has been held at the county detention center in lieu of $75,000 bond since his arrest last March.
Mayfield admitted using a .22-caliber scoped rifle to rob the Pizza Hut in the 1000 block of Route 3 in Crofton in July 1989. Assistant State's Attorney Nancy A. Harford told the court he took more than $4,000 from the cash register in that robbery.
Mayfield returned two months later with a blue-steel handgun and robbed an employee of about $150, Harford said. In both robberies, he showed up after closing time and ordered the employees who were there cleaning up into a walk-in freezer, the prosecutor said.
Also in September 1989, Mayfield twice robbed a Pizza Hut in Bowie, taking home a total of about $150.
Harford said Mayfield confessed to the robberies after being arrested March 3. Court records show police were staking out his girlfriend's Glen Burnie apartment when they followed Mayfield to a Pizza Hut on Washington Boulevard in Laurel.
Anne Arundel county police called Howard County police to report a man acting suspiciously near the restaurant. Howard County police pulled Mayfield's car over and arrested him after finding a sawed-off shotgun in the car, court records show.