Laurel man to serve one year in jail for pizza shop robbery

April 15, 1999|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A Laurel man accused of robbing an Eldersburg pizza shop last year was sentenced to one year in the Carroll County jail after pleading guilty yesterday to a lesser charge of theft under $300, court records show.

The robbery charge was dropped and the felony theft count was amended because of uncertainty over the amount of money stolen and disparities in witness accounts of the crime, said Assistant State's Attorney Jerry Joyce.

In accepting the plea, Judge Francis M. Arnold sentenced Lawrence Lynch, 32, to 18 months in jail, suspended six months of the term and ordered the defendant be placed on 18 months of probation upon his release.

Arnold also ordered Lynch to pay restitution of $580.

According to court records, Lynch entered Little Caesar's in the 1400 block of Liberty Road at 9: 30 p.m. Sept. 4. He pulled out a plastic bag and told employee Lee Friend, "Fill it."

Friend told police that Lynch also told him, "Don't be a hero," before taking the bag containing money from the shop's register and fleeing.

According to court documents, Laurel police responded on Oct. 13 to a traffic accident involving a car that Friend's father had reported stolen. Lynch was driving that car, police said.

After further investigation, Lynch's photograph was shown to Friend, who identified him as the man who robbed the pizza shop, said police. Lynch was arrested by Laurel police and later charged in Carroll County.

Pub Date: 4/15/99

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