Westminster robber gets three years Man to repay $200 stolen from woman

April 01, 1993|By Staff Report

Westminster resident Charles Leroy Lee, 32, pleaded guilty yesterday to robbing a Hampstead woman of $200 in front of L LTC bank in Westminster last September.

Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. sentenced Lee to 10 years at the Department of Corrections, the maximum sentence for the felony.

The judge suspended all but three years of the sentence and ordered Lee to be under supervised probation for three years after he is released.

Lee also was ordered to repay the $200 he stole from Kara B. Fields.

Court records show that on Sept. 27, Lee "rushed at" Ms. Fields, who was sitting in her vehicle in front of Union National Bank, 132 W. Main St., having just withdrawn $150 from an automated teller machine.

Lee grabbed at the money, and she tried to drive away, but he held on to the driver's-side window and tried to break the window, the records say. He stole the money Ms. Fields had withdrawn from the machine and an additional $50, records show.

Ms. Fields was able to drive away and go to police, records say. She later identified Lee from a photo.

Lee also was charged with theft under $300, and assault and battery, but the state's attorney dropped those charges in exchange for his guilty plea to the robbery charge, records show.

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