Baltimore Man Sentenced for Columbia Mall Jewelry Store Robbery

The man along with two others stole 35 Rolex watches from the jewelry store.

A Baltimore man was sentenced to 11 years for his involvment in a 2011 armed robbery of Arthur Edward Jewelers inside the Mall in Columbia.

Reginald D. Dargan, Jr., 21, was sentenced to 135 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release./ He also was ordered to pay $33,255 in restitution earlier this month after being found guilty of the robbery, according to the Baltimore division of the FBI.

According to the FBI, Dargan along with two other men, Deontay Harvey and Aaron Pratt, drove to the mall on March 30, 2011. Dargan was armed with a knife and the other two were armed with handguns, said the FBI. They entered the jewelry store, threatened the employees with their weapons, and had one of the employees empty the watch display into a bag Dargan was carrying, according to the FBI.

In all, the FBI reported Dargan, Pratt and Harvey stole 35 men's Rolex watches valued at approximately $275,475.

Pratt and Harvey, both 22, pleaded guilty to their roles in the robbery and were sentenced to 87 months and 162 months in prison, respectively.

In August 2011, the Baltimore Sun reported that Derek Jones, 25, was interviewed by Howard County Police after his car was seen being used as a getaway car at the Mall. Jones reportedly told police he was not driving the car and that he loaned it to a woman at the time, a statement which police said matched the evidence.

Jones was killed in Baltimore shortly after his meeting with Howard County police, according to the Sun. Court documents related to the case indicated witnesses had seen Jones talking with Harvey shortly before his death, although no charges in his slaying have been filed, according to the Sun.

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Chip Spencer February 20, 2013 at 02:35 AM
Oops - it's "Edward Arthur".
bystander February 20, 2013 at 09:34 PM
And so goes the circle of life in the jungle. The jungle is a fierce place, and t's a good thing when the jungle takes care of it's own by simple laws of nature.
Urdude May 05, 2013 at 02:05 PM
It seems that Columbia is not far enough from Baltimore!
Columbia Independent May 05, 2013 at 02:38 PM
7 and 13 years (respectively) for robbery with a deadly weapon. This is the real problem, not all these other smoke and mirror issues. Maryland Criminal Law states that the use of a firearm in a crime should result in "imprisonment for not less than 5 years and not exceeding 20 years", in addition to the penalty for the crime itself. The penalty for robbery with a deadly weapon is "imprisonment not exceeding 20 years." How is 7 and 13 even remotely appropriate? How about throwing the book at them and locking both of them up for 40 years? Even if you want to be "nice", which you shouldn't in a case like this, then lock them up for 20 years (half the maximum sentence for the two violations). Instead, you give them 1/5 and 1/3 the maximum sentence, which will probably be commuted for time served AND given early parole for "good behavior". You want to get rid of the death penalty because its cheaper to lock these people up for a longer time? Fine. Then actually LOCK THEM UP FOR A LONGER TIME. Maybe then we'll see if life (or most of their life) in prison is the deterrent everyone claims the death penalty isn't.
Sanchez May 05, 2013 at 02:44 PM
"7 to 13" means 3 to 6 years.


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