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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Middle District of Florida

For Immediate Release

November 18, 2011

Robert E. O'Neill, United States Attorney

Contact: William Daniels, Public Affairs Officer
(813) 274-6136

Tampa Woman Found Guilty of Armed Robbery and Conspiracy

Tampa, FL — U.S. Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that a federal jury yesterday found Daisy Louise Thomas (32, Tampa) guilty of conspiracy to commit robberies, armed robbery, and using a firearm during a crime of violence. Thomas faces a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years in federal prison and a maximum sentence of life in federal prison. Her sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 1, 2012.

Thomas was indicted on November 17, 2010.

According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, on May 11, 2010, Thomas, Rykeith Levatte, and another accomplice entered the All About You Hair Salon in New Port Richey at 2:15 p.m. to commit an armed robbery. Upon entering the store, they pointed firearms at the employees and a customer in the salon and demanded money. They then ordered the victims to the floor.

The armed robbery of the hair salon was the first in a string of ten armed robberies committed throughout the Middle District of Florida by Thomas’s co–conspirators. The subsequent armed robberies included the May 24, 2010 robbery of King’s Grocery in Tampa, Florida, the May 25, 2010 robbery of a 7–Eleven in Pinellas Park, the May 26, 2010 robbery of a 7–Eleven in Gibsonton, the May 26, 2010 robbery of a 7–Eleven in Tampa, the May 26, 2010 robbery of Hess Gas station in New Port Richey, the May 26, 2010 robbery of a 7–Eleven in New Port Richey, the May 28, 2010 robbery of a 7–Eleven in Lakeland, the May 28, 2010 attempted robbery of a Circle–K in Tampa, and the June 3, 2010 robbery of a Mobil Gas Station in Land O’ Lakes. According to evidence presented at trial, Thomas helped plan at least one of these robberies and used a credit card stolen from the victim of another robbery. Thomas’s co–conspirators, Antoine Harris, Antonio Harris, Rykeith Levatte, Arquives McNeal and Alden Lewis have each pled guilty for their role in the conspiracy and are awaiting sentencing.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), the Tampa Police Department, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, the Lakeland Police Department, the New Port Richey Police Department, the Pinellas Park Police Department, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Peresie.

This is another case prosecuted as a part of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods program – a nationwide, gun–violence reduction strategy led by ATF. United States Attorney Robert E. O’Neill, along with Virginia O’Brien, Special Agent in Charge, ATF, is coordinating the Project Safe Neighborhoods effort here in the Middle District of Florida in cooperation with federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.