A Charles County man who confessed to a string of armed robberies in three counties last year pleaded guilty in Circuit Court yesterday to three of the crimes.
Martin Joseph Baldwin, 34, of St. Leonard, faces a sentence of up to 60 years in prison when he is sentenced Aug. 28, but prosecutor Eugene M. Whissel II said he will recommend a sentence of three concurrent 15-year terms.
Baldwin was charged with committing a dozen armed robberies between Oct. 17 and Nov. 13. In addition to the three robberies in Anne Arundel County, he faces trial for six robberies in Prince George's and three in Montgomery County, where he is being held on bond.
Baldwin was charged with the Oct. 17 robbery of Admiral Cleaners, in the 1600 block of Crofton Circle in Crofton. He was accused of brandishing a pellet gun that resembled a .357 Magnum and demanding money. He fled with $349.
On Oct. 28, he robbed the Crofton Animal Hospital, in the 1000 block of Route 3 North, of $115. And on Nov. 11, he robbed LaDestro's Dry Cleaning, in the 1600 block of Route 3 North of $200.
Baldwin was arrested in the early hours of Nov. 14 in Annapolis, after James Liverett, a student in Mr. Whissel's criminal justice class at Anne Arundel Community College, spotted Baldwin's car parked in a motel lot.
Mr. Liverett had been on a ride-along as a civilian volunteer with the county police when he heard on the police radio a description of Baldwin's car and the tag number provided by a witness to a robbery earlier in the day in Prince George's County.
After the ride-along, Mr. Liverett went back to the parking lot of the Thrift Inn in the 2500 block of Riva Road and found the car. He called the police, who went to the motel and arrested Baldwin. After searching his car, officers searched the trunk and found the weapon along with several pieces of clothing described by witnesses.