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Md. couple gets 5 years for hat store robbery

Friday - 2/8/2013, 9:31am  ET

SNOW HILL, Md. -- A couple convicted of staging a robbery inside a West Ocean City hat store has been sentenced to five years in prison.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports (http://bit.ly/VICjrF ) that Kevin and Roslyn Purnell, of Berlin, were each sentenced Thursday after being convicted of charges including theft and conspiracy.

Prosecutors said the couple staged a robbery at a Lids hat store in August. Kevin Purnell told police that a masked intruder had tied him up, put a gun to his back and stolen hundreds of hats. But police determined that the tale was a hoax, and that Roslyn Purnell was the one who had actually tied up her husband.

The couple was caught in Baltimore two weeks later in a van that contained hundreds of hats.

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Information from: The Daily Times of Salisbury, Md., http://www.delmarvanow.com/


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