NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WVEC) -- A Newport News man was sentenced to 33 years in prison for taking part in a day-long crime spree that saw five businesses robbed earlier this year.
The US State Attorney's Office said 21-year-old Olandjuwan Beale pleaded guilty to conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery, and two counts of possession, use and brandishing a firearm.
According to court documents, Beale and two others planned and executed five commercial robberies in Newport News and Hampton, using firearms in each, over a 10-hour period on March 6, robbing a Newport News 7-Eleven, 1st Stop Mart, Luckie’s Convenience Store and Mary’s Deli and Convenience Store, as well as a 1st Stop Mart in Hampton.
In each robbery, Beale approached the clerks and ordered them to provide cash and by the last robbery in Hampton, Beale also robbed customers inside the store.
Beale was arrested after a citizen photographed the suspects' vehicle and license plate, and gave that information to officers on scene.