Spree of armed robberies leads to two arrests in Talbot Co.
TALBOT CO., Md. – An investigation into a string of robberies that occurred over the past month has led to two arrests.
The first incident happened shortly before 8 p.m. on July 27th, at Carroll Motor Fuels in Easton. The suspect reportedly displayed a handgun and stole an unknown amount of cash from the store clerk.
The second incident happened at around 10:45 p.m. August 6th, at the High’s Convenience Store in Trappe. The store clerks told police that the suspect walked into the store with a large kitchen style knife and demanded money from the registers, successfully stealing an unknown amount of money.
On August 14th at around 9:45 p.m., a suspect walked into the Crown Gas Station in Easton with a large silver knife and stole an unknown amount of money. A similar incident happened at the same store on August 22nd at around 9:30 p.m.
Two days later, on August 24th, Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the Xtra Mart in Chester at around 9:30 p.m. for yet another armed robbery involving a knife. It was learned that the suspect walked into the business and demanded that the store clerk give him all the money in the register or he was going to kill him. Once the suspect obtained cash, he fled the area. Detectives were able to locate surveillance footage from a nearby business that had captured the suspect’s vehicle at the time of the robbery, including the tag number. A warrant was obtained after police determined that the vehicle belonged to 24-year-old Montashia Roberts of Easton.
On Tuesday, a search and seizure warrant was executed at 406 Leontyne Place in Easton, recovering several pieces of evidence related to the robberies. On Wednesday, Roberts was charged with armed robbery, theft, robbery, reckless endangerment, first and second degree assault, and conspiracy on all counts. A total of 51 charges stemmed from four armed robberies were issued against Roberts.
21-year-old Jaron Meekins Jr. was also charged in connection to the incidents. Meekins faces a total of 55 charges stemming from five armed robberies.
Both are currently being held without bond.