Montgomery man jailed for aiding robbery

January 07, 1994|By Staff Report

An 18-year-old Montgomery County man was sentenced yesterday to 18 months in the Carroll County jail for his part in a December 1992 hold-up of a Westminster fabric store.

Michael Todd Howell was convicted yesterday of robbery with a deadly weapon in connection with the robbery of the Jo Ann Fabrics Store in the Westminster Shopping Center.

Carroll Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. imposed a 10-year state prison sentence, but suspended all but 18 months and ordered Howell to serve that in the Carroll County Detention Center.

The judge also ordered Howell to pay the fabric store $2,974 restitution -- the amount stolen -- and to serve five years on probation.

Howell, who has been convicted in several robberies in Anne Arundel County, was in a car used by Larry Joe Bobbs when he robbed the fabric store at gunpoint, court records said.

Howell was given a suspended sentence and placed on probation after his conviction in the Arundel robberies.

Court documents said Mr. Bobbs went into the fabric shop and purchased a spool of thread, paid for it and left.

Within minutes, he returned to the shop, pointed a handgun at the cashier, demanded money and escaped with $2,974.21, the court papers said.

Mr. Bobbs, who has served nearly a decade behind bars on robbery charges, is in the Anne Arundel County Detention Center awaiting trial.

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