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Princess Anne Man Sentenced in Salisbury Armored Truck Robbery

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BALTIMORE- A Somerset County man has been sentenced to nearly 12 years in federal prison for his role in an armored vehicle robbery in Salisbury.

According to a U.S. Department of Justice press release, Ryan Shevin Smith, 39, of Princess Anne was sentenced to 141 months followed by three years of supervised release for conspiring to commit the robbery of an armored vehicle, for participating in the robbery and for brandishing a firearm.

Smith pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit the robbery and to participating in the robbery, and a federal jury convicted him of brandishing the firearm.

The sentence was announced by United States for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur; Special Agent in Charge Jennifer C. Boone of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; and Salisbury Police Chief Barbara Duncan.

According to the DOJ, at approximately 7:15 a.m. on Jan. 22, 2018, Smith and his co-defendants, Michael Watts and Orneth South, approached the driver of the armored vehicle as he was removing cash cassettes from an ATM at the SECU credit union on Mt. Hermon Road in Salisbury.

Co-defendant Michael Watts placed a .40-caliber handgun to the driver’s head and disarmed him of his service weapon, court records show. Watts testified that he got the .40-caliber handgun from Smith, which was named “Big Nasty,” and that Smith took the gun back after the robbery.

Watts then grabbed the driver by the hair and order him to open the door of the armored vehicle. After the driver opened the door, Smith and South removed several bags of money from the vehicle, as well as ATM cassettes filled with cash.

Watts then forced the driver into the vehicle, where he used zip ties to secure the driver’s hands. The robbers then fled with the money, stealing a total of $1,324,288. The robbers went to Smith’s home in nearby Princess Anne and divided the stolen money. South and Watts then left and headed south, toward North Carolina.

On April 20, 2018, Orneth South, 49, of Charlotte, N.C., was arrested on a warrant issued as a result of the robbery, and pleaded guilty to his role in the armored car robbery in Maryland, as well as a robbery in North Carolina.

On Jan. 31, 2019, co-defendant Michael Watts, a/k/a “Turtle,” 42, of Brooklyn, N.Y., pleaded guilty to his role in the robbery.

Watts was arrested on May 18, 2018, in Queens, N.Y., and at the time of his arrest, was wearing approximately $70,000 in jewelry, including a custom turtle pendant, which was purchased with the proceeds of the armored vehicle robbery.

Watts also admitted using his portion of the stolen money to purchase a Mercedes S430, clothes, two tombstones, and to pay off bills and rent.

Judge Richard D. Bennett ordered all three defendants to pay restitution in the full amount of the victim’s loss, $1,324,288.

Bennett previously sentenced Watts to nine years in federal prison, and sentenced South to 20 years in federal prison.

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