RALEIGH, NC – A Raleigh man was sentenced to 71 months in prison today for robbing the BP gas station at 4330 Louisburg Road in Raleigh.
According to court records, on December 30, 2019, 53-year-old Marvin Newell walked into a BP gas station in Raleigh, North Carolina and went to the beer aisle. After selecting several bottles of alcohol, he approached the front counter and asked the clerk for some cigars. After the clerk scanned the goods, Newell inserted his credit card into the card reader as if he was paying, then removed it and asked the clerk to open the cash drawer. Newell told the clerk to open the drawer again and pointed a finger through his shirt at it as if he were holding a gun. Fearing that Newell had a gun, the clerk opened two drawers and gave the defendant $ 63 in currency and a hidden tracking device stuck between two bills. Newell then directed the clerk to take him to the back of the store, but the clerk refused. Newell left the store with the currency at $ 63 and the merchandise, which was valued at approximately $ 19.
The police began looking for Newell and used the tracking device to ping his location. When the officers located Newell and activated her blue lights, he did not stop and was driving in the wrong direction on the road. Newell tried to escape the area and eventually hit a curb that blocked the vehicle axis. Newell then fled the officers on foot. Newell was arrested after a brief chase. He opened his hand, which revealed a handful of currency (the currency stolen from the BP gas station) and said, “This is my money.” Law enforcement took control of the currency as well as the hidden tracker.
G. Norman Acker, III, U.S. Acting Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announced this after being convicted by U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III. Raleigh Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating the case, and US Assistant Attorney Daniel W. Smith is pursuing the case.
For related court documents and information, visit the US District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina or PACER by searching for Case No. 5: 20-CR-00316-D.