Four Sentenced for Potomac Yard Shoppers Food Warehouse Hold-Up, Other Robberies

Four men are sentenced to 60 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for string of robberies.

The Potomac Yard Shoppers Food Warehouse was robbed in December 2012.
The Potomac Yard Shoppers Food Warehouse was robbed in December 2012.

Four men were sentenced to 60 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release after being found guilty in a series of robberies in Northern Virginia that occurred in December 2012, including the robbery of the Potomac Yard Shoppers Food Warehouse.

Keith Willie Reed, 24, Anthony Cannon, 24, and Stanley Winston, 23, all of Washington, D.C., as well as Tobias Richard Dyer, 21, of Upper Marlboro, Md., were found guilty in June for conspiracy, robbery affecting interstate commerce, armed robbery of a credit union, use of a firearm during crimes of violence and being felons in possession of firearms.

They were also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $76,915.15.

According to court records and trial evidence, the defendants committed three armed robberies in Northern Virginia during the December 2012 holiday season. On Dec. 7, they robbed VVM, Inc., located in Fairfax County.

Two days later, they robbed the Shoppers Food Warehouse on Jefferson Davis Highway. Then, on Dec. 22, they robbed the Navy Federal Credit Union on Randolph Street in Arlington. All four were arrested within an hour of the Navy Federal robbery when law enforcement was able to track the money.

In each incident, three of the defendants entered masked while the fourth waited in a stolen getaway car. The total loss amount from these three armed robberies was more than $75,000.

The case was jointly investigated by FBI’s Washington and Baltimore field offices as well as the Metropolitan, Fairfax County, Arlington County and Alexandria police departments.

Detective Sean Casey worked the case for the Alexandria Police Department.

Larry McDorchester October 30, 2013 at 08:42 AM
So, they'll be in prison for a combined 240 years, with another 20 years of supervision after that (when they're sure to be menacing figures in their 80s). All that for stealing 76 grand. Don't get me wrong, that's a lot of money, but it's probably below the average household income in Del Ray, and easily well below what Shoppers Food Warehouse and other stores in Potomac yard take in during any given week. The punishment seems disproportionate to the crime here.
Michael H. October 30, 2013 at 01:07 PM
The amount of money at issue should not be relevant, not when we're talking about a violent crime. Or in this case, multiple violent crimes. The legal system should be trying to deter violent criminal activity. Those crimes can cause injury or death to others. They also break down neighborhoods, on a social level and on an economic level. These people deserve lengthy sentences. If they don't want that much prison time, then they shouldn't be going out robbing multiple businesses, threatening people with immediate harm and using firearms as previously convicted felons. (If I'm reading the article correctly, they were convicted of other felonies in the past. They are all in their 20s. So that means that they received very light sentences for previous felony crimes. Look what happened -- multiple robberies.)


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