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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Maryland

For Immediate Release

July 15, 2011

Rod J. Rosenstein, United States Attorney

Contact: Vickie E. LeDuc, Public Information Officer

Hurlock Man Convicted of Armed Robbery of a Salisbury Grocery Store

Baltimore, Maryland – A federal jury convicted Tyrone Dale, a/k/a Slim Dollar, age 45, of Hurlock, Maryland, late yesterday of the armed robbery a Salisbury grocery store and related gun charges.

The conviction was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Theresa R. Stoop of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – Baltimore Field Division; Wicomico County State’s Attorney Matthew A. Maciarello; and Salisbury Police Chief Barbara Duncan.

ATF will not tolerate those offenders who instill violence in our communities, says ATF Special Agent in Charge Theresa R. Stoop. The local officers should be commended for their bravery in apprehending the armed robbers who put innocent victims in a horrible state of fear. According to testimony at Dale’s four day trial, on November 22, 2009, Dale approached two employees of the Food Lion grocery store located on Snow Hill Road in Salisbury, as they were closing the store for the night. Witnesses testified that Dale brandished a .12 gauge shotgun at both employees and threatened to kill them if they did not let him into the store. The employees let Dale into the store and Dale demanded the money in the store safe. According to the testimony at trial, fearing for their lives, the employees opened the safe and Dale stole $1,844.10 in small bills and coins. Dale then ordered both employees onto the floor of the store, threatened to kill them if they activated the store’s alarm and fled the scene.

As Dale left the store, he was intercepted by officers from the Salisbury Police Department, who, after a short foot chase, arrested Dale and recovered both the shotgun and the proceeds of the robbery.

Dale faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for interference with interstate commerce by robbery; 10 years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm; and a maximum of life in prison, with a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison, consecutive to any other sentence imposed, for possession and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett scheduled sentencing for September 21, 2011. United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the ATF, Salisbury Police Department and Wicomico County State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in this investigation and thanked Assistant United States Attorneys Clinton J. Fuchs and Cheryl L. Crumpton, who are prosecuting the case.