Man sentenced for store burglaries

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By Chris Sardelli

A Lancaster man arrested last fall for a string of burglaries only three months after his release from prison was sentenced again last month.

Dennis Michael Robertson, 45, 2720 Lynwood Drive, was sentenced Feb. 21 to 12 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to two counts of violent second-degree burglary, according to a press release from Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield.

He was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Brooks P. Goldsmith.

Robertson’s arrest on Oct. 25, 2012, came at the end of an extensive investigation by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office involving after-hour break-ins of several local businesses.

Investigators said Robertson first attempted on Sept. 5 to break into Crow’s Nest, at 2081 Charlotte Highway, followed by break-ins at two other locations, per a sheriff’s office press release sent after his arrest.

According to the release, on Oct. 17, 2012, Robertson broke the front door of the Elgin Mini Mart, at 2561 Kershaw Camden Highway, and stole the store’s cash register.

A few days later, on Oct. 22, he broke the front door of the Pleasant Hill Mini Mart, 4494 Kershaw Camden Highway, Heath Springs, and stole the store’s two cash register drawers and a cash box, the release said.

Barfield said sheriff’s investigators identified Robertson by viewing the stores’ video surveillance tapes.

Sheriff Barry Faile commented on the case shortly after Robertson’s arrest last fall.

“This is just another example of how repeat offenders continue to be a problem,” Faile said at the time of Robertson’s arrest. 

“Robertson was just released from the S.C. Department of Corrections on Aug. 1 (2012), where he served roughly three years on a six-year sentence for burglary. It’s frustrating for us because we keep having to arrest the same people over and over.”

Assistant Sixth Circuit Solicitor Bill Nowicki prosecuted the cases and Deputy Public Defender William Frick represented Robertson.


Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416