Maryland diamond store hold-up man pleads guilty


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BALTIMORE (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty to holding up a Maryland diamond store while wearing a ball cap, wig, fake beard and sunglasses and making off with about 60 engagement rings worth $362,000.

Forty-three-year-old Roy Lee Tolbert of Washington, D.C., entered the plea last week in federal court in Baltimore. He faces a minimum of seven years in prison at sentencing on Dec. 17.

According to information presented in court, on May 19, 2013, Tolbert pointed a handgun at the Queenstown store's employees and demanded diamonds in a display case.

Authorities say employees gave Tolbert the rings, which he put into a backpack he was wearing on his stomach.

Prosecutors say Tolbert fled, but was identified by DNA found on the fake beard, which he discarded after the robbery.

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