A Georgetown man, who admitted he committed three armed robberies in a span of less than six hours in 2016, was sentenced to serve 15 years in prison.
Harold Fitzgerald Wilson, 49, pleaded guilty to three counts of armed robbery on Friday before Judge Benjamin H. Culbertson, according to Richard D. Todd, Jr., senior assistant solicitor of the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.
The robberies occurred on Oct. 23, 2016, starting with the first one at 11:15 p.m. at Walgreens located at 1098 N. Fraser St. in Georgetown, said Todd, who prosecuted the case. An employee at that location told police that the suspect, who was a black man wearing a black jacket and blue jeans, asked her for change to a bill and when the cash register opened the suspect grabbed cash from it.
The employee grabbed the suspect’s arm and they struggled before he was able to get away from her, out of the store and ride away on a bicycle, according to a release from the Solicitor’s Office.
The second robbery occurred at 1:35 a.m. at the Sunoco located at 1211 N. Fraser St., where an employee told police a black man, who wore a winter coat and baseball hat, came into the store, pointed a Taser at her and forced her to remove money from the cash register, Todd said.
The suspect ran from the store, according to the release.
The third robbery occurred at 4:46 a.m. at a Georgetown Wal-Mart at 1310 N. Fraser St., where an employee told police that a black man, who wore a black jacket, blue jeans, and a hat, made a purchase and when the cash register opened, grabbed hundred dollar bills and ran out of the grocery side of the store, Todd said.
Officers reviewed security video from each store and found they were searching for the same suspect, Todd added.
Officers were able to identify Wilson from the security video and an officer found him riding the same bicycle from the first robbery, Todd said. When police arrested Wilson, they found a Taser, knife, crack cocaine and cash.
The black jacket was found in the back yard where Wilson was arrested, according to the release.