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Jury Convicts Laundromat’s Repeat Robber

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WASHINGTON — A jury last week convicted a Washington man of armed robbery and carrying a dangerous weapon for two separate robberies of a Northeast Washington coin laundry last summer, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Lawrence White, 41, remains jailed as he awaits his May 31 sentencing. He faces up to 30 years in prison for each of two robbery charges and up to a year for each of two weapons charges.

According to the government’s evidence, just before 6 p.m. on Aug. 14, 2011, White entered a Laundromat in the 1600 block of Benning Road NE. He went into a private office and brandished a knife at an employee, making off with several hundred dollars in cash.

Just eight days later, White returned to the laundry in the early afternoon and robbed the same employee, showing the same knife and taking hundreds of dollars in cash from a cash drawer.

During the second robbery, a surveillance camera captured White running into the office and then exiting the scene. The surveillance video led directly to White’s identification and arrest a few days later.

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