Man, 25, given 15-year sentence for robbery of armored truck

March 19, 2003|By Lisa Goldberg | Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF

A 25-year-old Elkridge man who robbed a Brink's armored car at gunpoint two years ago, stealing $368,000 in cash, was sentenced yesterday to 15 years in prison.

Eric Allen Miller may not have physically hurt anyone during the holdup, but the crime, which was carried out during daylight hours on a public street, posed a "significant" threat to public safety, Howard Circuit Judge Raymond J. Kane Jr. said before imposing sentence.

Miller, of the 5900 block of Setter Drive, pleaded guilty to armed robbery in October.

He was one of two men - one with a handgun, the other with Mace - who backed up a stolen pickup to an armored truck in front of Frederick County National Bank in the 7200 block of Montgomery Road on Jan. 31, 2001, and confronted two guards, prosecutors said.

The men took three bags of cash from the armored truck and drove off after spraying one guard with the Mace, prosecutor Jim Dietrich said.

Investigators later found the stolen 1987 Chevrolet pickup at Lawyers Hill Road and Summer Home Terrace and two knit caps nearby. Miller's DNA was found on one of the caps, according to court papers.

He was charged, but prosecutors dropped the case later for lack of evidence. He was recharged last summer after he admitted his role to an informant, prosecutors said.

Miller's partner in the robbery has not been identified.

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