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Law officers in Charles and St. Mary’s counties were searching for culprits in a pair of convenience store holdups last week when a speeding car in a White Plains neighborhood caught the attention of police and ultimately landed three teenage suspects in jail.

On Friday, a judge in St. Mary’s County ordered that Darius Lamont Prigg, 18, of White Plains remain in custody in lieu of $100,000 bond on charging papers alleging he provided the gun used in the convenience store holdup that took place two days earlier in Hollywood.

Dennis Morris Hinnant, 18, and Victor Christopher Green, 19, both of Washington, D.C., were jailed in Charles County on robbery and assault charges from the heist at a Waldorf convenience store that occurred on the night of March 20, just hours before the predawn robbery in St. Mary’s.

The two holdups followed a carjacking that occurred at about 8:30 p.m. March 20 in Prince George’s County, court papers state, and the three suspects allegedly carried out the crimes using the stolen gold Buick passenger car.

Shortly after 11 that night, detectives report, a man brandishing a handgun robbed a 7-Eleven store on Route 5 in Waldorf, and the second holdup occurred at 4:22 a.m. the next day at the Burchmart in Hollywood. Court papers state a man with a handgun in his waistband approached the counter, where Mary Burch was working as a cashier.

“He just showed it to her,” said Capt. Terry Black of the St. Mary’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations. “The victim complied with his demands [for money], and he fled the store.”

Charles County sheriff’s deputies report that they spotted a speeding car entering a White Plains neighborhood at about 4 that afternoon, March 21, and when they determined it was the car stolen in Prince George’s County, they began surveillance that led to the arrests of the two District teenagers. One of them was staying at a nearby hotel, where police reported finding evidence related to the investigation.

Hinnant admitted to police that he went into the Burchmart and committed that armed robbery, and he implicated Green as his getaway driver, according to a charges application filed by Maryland State Police trooper L.N. Nims, assigned to the St. Mary’s detectives bureau.

Hinnant also told police that he got the gun from Prigg, court papers state, and that Prigg received some of the money from both robberies.

Green admitted to driving the stolen car and conspiring with the two other teenagers in the robberies, court papers state, but he said he did not get any of the money.

A judge in Charles County ordered Friday that Hinnant be held in jail there in lieu of $50,000 bond, and Green remained in custody there this week in lieu of $25,000 bond.

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