Maryland State Police Beat / Two ex-cons busted for 7-Eleven Stick Up

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Smith and Moreland charged in 7-Eleven robbery

Two ex-cons busted for 7-Eleven Stick Up

DUNKIRK, MD. — The Dunkirk 7-Eleven is located on a lonely stretch of road between Chesapeake Beach and Maryland Rt. 4, making it the ideal location for an armed robbery in the wee hours of the morning. Two men have been charged with holding up the store at gunpoint. The two are next-door neighbors in Lothian, just a few miles away from the 7-Eleven. Both of the suspects have criminal pasts which include being sent to prison where they can hone their skills as dirtbags and criminals.

Maryland State Police report that on October 27, 2015, at approximately 1:30 a.m., troopers from the Maryland State Police, Prince Frederick Barrack and deputies from Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 7-Eleven convenience store, in the 2800-block of Chesapeake Beach Road, Dunkirk, Calvert County, for a report of an armed robbery.  Maryland State Police-Criminal Enforcement Division, Central South Region investigators responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.

MSP-Criminal Enforcement Division investigators obtained several leads that led to identifying the suspects as John Rubin Smith 4th, 30, of 1140 Marlboro Road, Lothian, Md., and Elmer Albert Moreland 3rd, 55, of 1150 Marlboro Road, Lothian, Md.

On October 29, 2015, MSP-Criminal Enforcement Division investigators, along with the assistance from the Prince Georges County Police Department, located suspect, Moreland operating a Mazda truck in the Upper Marlboro area of Prince Georges County.  Suspect Moreland was stopped, detained and transported to Prince Georges County, District 3 police station for questioning by MSP-Criminal Enforcement Division investigators.

During the investigation, MSP-Criminal Enforcement Division investigators were able to obtain a search and seizure warrant for Moreland’s Lothian residence.  Prior to the execution of the search and seizure warrant, suspect John Rubin Smith 4th, 30, of Lothian was located and arrested at a neighboring residence.  Subsequently, a second search and seizure warrant was obtained and executed on Smith’s residence.

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Assisting with the execution of the search and seizure warrants were Calvert County Sheriff’s Office-Criminal Investigation Bureau, Southern Maryland Information Center (SMIC) and investigators from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).     

On October 29, 2015, suspects, Smith and Moreland, were charged with armed robbery, 1st degree assault, and theft.  They were transported to the Calvert County Detention Center pending a hearing with the District Court Commissioner.   

Additional charges are pending a review with Mrs. Kathryn Marsh, Deputy States Attorney for Calvert County.

Smith faces a court hearing on Nov. 23, 2015 in District Court for Calvert County. He was jailed on Nov. 2, 2015.

Apparently Smith thinks he is a tough guy as he was charged with intimidation of a juror on Oct. 28, 2014. He entered a guilty plea on March 18, 2015 in Anne Arundel County District Court. In a plea deal with Anne Arundel County States Attorney Wes Adams, Smith was sent to jail for three years with two years and seven months suspended.

Smith was charged with theft in Anne Arundel County and entered a guilty plea on March 18, 2015 and was sent to jail for four months. In 2006, Smith did thirty days in jail for a theft conviction. Also in 2006, Smith served a jail term of one month for a theft charge.

Moreland was jailed on Oct. 30, 2015 and made bail on Nov. 2, 2015.

Moreland was convicted in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court with assault with the intent to rape on Oct. 12, 1994 and was sentenced to spend ten years in jail. Seven years were suspended.

Through the investigation, MSP-Criminal Enforcement Division investigators were able to identify a third suspect who was responsible for committing additional robberies in Prince Georges and Calvert County. MSP-Criminal Enforcement Division investigators are currently working with Calvert County Sheriff’s Office-Criminal Investigation Bureau and the Prince Georges County Police Department-Criminal Investigation Division with their robbery investigations.

Anyone having information relating to this investigation or any other investigation are urged to contact Trooper First Class R. Jackson or Corporal Jason Ewig of the Maryland State Police-Criminal Enforcement Division at 410-535-1400, “TIPS” Line at 410-257-4925 or msp.centralsouth@maryland.gov.

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