The last of three defendants involved in armed robberies of a Dollar General and a La Chiquita in Monroe was sentenced Wednesday to 268 months in prison.
Reginald Lamont Chambers, 27, was also ordered to serve three years of supervised release and to pay $3,100 in restitution.
Chambers robbed a Dollar General on East Sunset Drive in Monroe on Oct. 18, 2010, according to court documents. During the robbery, Chambers held the store clerk at gunpoint and forced the clerk to open the safe. Court records show Chambers then ripped the store’s telephones out of their jacks and took the phones with him. He also attempted to lock the store clerk in the back office before leaving with the store’s money, a Department of Justice news release said.
Then, on Oct. 20, 2010, Chambers and co-defendants Anthony Polk and Trenton Raley robbed La Chiquita store on Concord Avenue in Monroe. Chambers and Raley held two store clerks at gunpoint, robbed money from the store and from one of the clerk’s purses, authorities said. Polk was the get-away driver in the robbery.
All three men were arrested on Oct. 21, 2010 in the get-away car and in possession of the firearms used in the robbery.
Chambers, a member of the United Blood Nation street gang, pleaded guilty in December 2011 to two counts of robbery of a business affecting interstate commerce, also know as “Hobbs Act” robberies, authorities said.
He also pleaded guilty to one count of carrying and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of robbery and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was sentenced as an armed career criminal.
Raley, 20, of Peachland, N.C. pleaded guilty to one count of Hobbs Act robbery and one count of carrying and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime in November 2011. He was sentenced to serve 67 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release.
Polk will serve 51 months in prison for pleading guilty to one count of Hobbs Act robbery.