LA PLATA, MD— The drug store cowboys of Charles County, Maryland, are off to prison to live the easy life at all-expense paid facilities for vacations ranging from five to eighteen years. This is a better gig than flipping burgers or going into the army and is complete with free health care and clothing.
Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County, announced that on Thursday, March 18, 2021, Charles County Circuit Court Judge William R. Greer Jr. sentenced Quintel Tyriq Lancaster, 21 of Indian Head, to 18 years in prison for five counts of Robbery, four counts of Attempted Robbery, and three counts of Wear/Carry and Transport of a Handgun in a Vehicle.
On October 22, 2020, Lancaster entered a guilty plea to the aforementioned charges.
On January 6, 2020, officers responded to the Indian Head Pharmacy located on Indian Head Highway in Indian Head for the report of an armed robbery. Employees reported that two suspects entered the CVS Pharmacy brandishing guns. While inside, the suspects grabbed the owner of the store and forced him to open cabinets containing prescription medications. After obtaining the medications, the suspects stole money from the register and fled.
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During the investigation, Lancaster was developed as one of the suspects after evidence linked him to the robbery. An arrest warrant was issued; however, Lancaster was not located at his residence.
On January 23, 2020, officers responded to the My Express Care Pharmacy located at 4453 Crain Highway in White Plains for the report of a robbery. Employees reported that three male suspects entered the pharmacy wearing masks and demanded Percocet. One suspect brandished a gun. The suspects were unsuccessful in locating Percocet and left the pharmacy.
A witness observed a four-door red Toyota Corolla leaving an adjacent parking lot at a high rate of speed. The men inside of the vehicle matched the description of the suspects. Officers obtained a license plate for the vehicle and discovered co-defendant Malik Trayvon Wade rented it prior to the attempted robbery. The vehicle was scheduled to return a few days later. Wade matched the description of the getaway driver.
An arrest warrant was issued for Wade; however, he was not located at his residence and did not return the rented vehicle on the scheduled return date.
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On January 27, 2020, officers responded to the CVS Pharmacy located at 6260 Crain Highway in La Plata for the report of an armed robbery. Employees reported that three males entered the business with masks covering their faces and pointed a gun at the employees. During the robbery, the suspects demanded multiple prescription medications. After taking medications and money, the suspects fled the location. However, a tracking device on one of the pill bottles indicated that it was located in a vehicle traveling eastbound on Rosewick Road in La Plata.
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Officers discovered a four-door red Toyota Corolla traveling at a high rate of speed in the area and attempted to stop the car; however, the driver sped away until crashing into a median. The suspects exited the car and attempted to escape but were located and apprehended.
A search and seizure warrant was conducted at Lancaster’s and Wade’s residence. During the search, multiple items were discovered that were consistent with what was used at the robberies.
During the course of the investigation, evidence also linked co-defendants Kenneth Howard Taylor and Javone Anthony Bryant to the robberies.
Wade entered a guilty plea to Robbery, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, and Theft on November 12, 2020. On November 24, 2020, Charles County Circuit Court Judge H. James West sentenced Wade to 5 years in prison with 5 years of supervised probation upon release.
Bryant entered a guilty plea to two counts of Armed Robbery on September 2, 2020. On January 19, 2021, the Honorable Judge H. James West sentenced Bryant to 76 months in prison.
Taylor entered a guilty plea to Theft, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, and Robbery on November 18, 2020. His sentencing date is scheduled for April 8, 2021.