George William Dodson, age 31, of Capitol Heights, Maryland, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Paul W. Grimm to 13 years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy, two counts of commercial robbery, and using, carrying, and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.
Dodson was also sentenced to three years of supervised release. Judge Grimm also ordered Dodson to pay restitution in the number of the victims’ losses, which is at least $24,277.66. Dodson was also ordered to pay restitution for the number of the victims’ losses.
Deputy United States Attorney for the District of Maryland, Erek L. Barron, Special Agent in Charge Thomas J. Sobocinski of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Chief Malik Aziz of the Prince George’s County Police Department all spoke at the announcement of the sentencing.
A private postal service delivery truck driven by Dodson’s co-defendant was approaching Dodson’s location on November 13, 2020, according to the terms of his guilty plea. Prior to approaching the delivery truck, the co-defendant and Dodson had spoken about Dodson’s whereabouts, and the two had discussed the co-desire defendant’s to keep specific things on her delivery truck, according to the court documents.
In the delivery truck, Dodson approached Victim 1, a seasonal employee for the postal delivery business, and inquired as to the location of phones and Xboxes in the vehicle. Victim 1 was escorted by Dodson to the back of the van, where the co-defendant was waiting. Taking a rifle-style firearm out of his luggage, Dodson pointed it at Victim No. 1. The location of the phones and game systems was requested once more by Dodson, who made the threat to shoot Victim 1 if she would not comply.
Dodson picked up a number of packages from the ground near where the co-defendant was standing and placed them in a black bag for later disposal. Dodson then seized the smartphones belonging to Victim 1 and the co-defendant and dropped them on the ground outside the truck before driving away and disappearing. Two Apple iPhones and other items valued around $11,700 were among the items stolen from the parcels.
Dodson sold the stolen iPhones, as well as two other stolen iPhones, to a co-conspirator for a total of $3,800 the same afternoon they were stolen. At a petrol station in Oxon Hill, Maryland, Dodson met up with the buyer and the co-conspirator in order to finalize the transaction.
According to the terms of his guilty deal, the following day, on November 14, 2020, another co-conspirator walked into a retail phone store and inquired of the three employees working behind the counter whether they had any iPhone 12s for sale. Dodson entered the company with an assault-style rifle after the clerks acknowledged that he had done so correctly.
Dodson brandished the gun at the store employees (Victims 2, 3, and 4) and demanded that they hand over their iPhones and open the safe, according to the police. It was Dodson and his accomplice who forced the store employees into the back room, where they were able to access the safes. Victim 2 was instructed to open the safe, while Victims 3 and 4 were instructed to go down on the ground and lie down.
Victim 2 was slapped in the shoulder with the gun by Dodson, who then instructed her to hurry up. Dodson removed a number of phones from the safe and placed them in an olive-green canvas bag, while the co-conspirator kept a watchful eye on the entrance leading into the room. In order to complete the loading of the phones into his bag, Dodson compelled Victim 2 to lie down on the ground.
They walked out of the business and into a getaway car driven by another co-conspirator, which they used to get away from the scene. The total value of the smartphones and electronic devices stolen from the retail store was about $12,527.66. The theft of the cellphones and electronic devices from the retail store was reported as follows:
One of the stolen phones was equipped with a tracking device, which was turned on and used to track the thieves. Law enforcement was able to track the gadget all the way back to Oxon Hill and then to Virginia. Investigators apprehended a man who was carrying a black trash bag and were able to recover the telephones and electrical items that had been stolen from Dodson. Specifically, the man stated that he had purchased the cellular and electronic gadgets from Dodson for $6,080 and that he had met with Dodson in Oxon Hill to consummate the purchase.
Police officers responding to a report of a man slumped over the steering wheel of a black Jaguar SUV in Hyattsville, Maryland, discovered Dodson at 3:54 a.m. on January 28, 2021. Dodson had been missing since the previous day. Dodson gave investigators with a forged driver’s license, and the vehicle was discovered to have been reported stolen in Arlington County, Virginia, according to the investigation.
Following a vehicle stop, officers found and took possession of a black Polymer 80 handgun, which is a privately manufactured firearm (PMF) with no serial number, also known as a “ghost gun.” The handgun was loaded with 16 rounds of ammunition. A fingerprint scan was later used to positively identify Dodson.
In this instance, the case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that brings together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve in order to minimize violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for all. PSN, an evidence-based program that has been shown to be effective in decreasing violent crime, is the focal point of the Department of Justice’s efforts to reduce violent crime in the United States.