WEST PALM BEACH – A 41-year-old man in Riviera Beach has been sentenced to 13.5 years in prison for a series of armed robberies at Family Dollar, AutoZone, Dollar General and Advance Auto Parts stores in the West Palm area Beach. .
FBI agents said they linked Daren Razz III and his brother, Michael Roundtree Jr., to 10 discount store robberies that took place over the course of a year, court records show.
As part of a plea deal, Razz pleaded guilty on Friday to two counts of obstructing trade with threats or violence and a charge of carrying a firearm in a violent crime. U.S. District Judge Rodolfo Ruiz also ordered him to pay $ 18,728 in restitution.
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In return, federal prosecutors dropped 17 other charges he faced in connection with the thefts that began in August 2019 and ended when Razz and Roundtree were arrested in August 2020 after a heist in an automatic zone on the North Military Trail on the outskirts of West Palm Beach, court records show.
In most thefts, employees’ hands were tied with zip ties as masked men grabbed money from cash registers and put safes and stuffed goods into shopping bags, officers wrote. from the FBI.
In a January 2020 theft from a Dollar General on the South Military Trail west of Lake Worth Beach, employees faced gunshot as they left the store to take their Uber ride .
Workers and the driver were forced to return to the store to watch intruders steal items from the shelves and take nearly $ 4,000 from the safe, officers said.
Roundtree pleaded guilty to four counts in May and was sentenced to 14 years in prison.
Before Razz decided to make a plea deal, he planned to call his brother to testify on his behalf. In court documents, he said Roundtree would tell a jury it had nothing to do with the thefts.
This article originally appeared on the Palm Beach Post: Judge Sentences Man to 13 of Armed Robbery at West Palm Discount Stores