5 plead guilty to charges in series of violent grocery store robberies

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Five people pleaded guilty this week to their respective roles in a series of violent grocery store robberies that happened in Chesapeake and Virginia Beach in 2018.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said the suspects worked in teams of at least six members and robbed Food Lion stores in Chesapeake and Virginia Beach, and a Harris Teeter in Virginia Beach.

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Prosecutors said these teams included lookouts, getaway drivers and two gunmen. The robbers used police scanners to monitor law enforcement activity and earpieces to communicate with each other.

In each instance, an inside lookout would find the store manage, start the robbery and tell other members of the team where the manager was located.

Prosecutors said one of the gunmen shot the store manager in the Oct. 3 Harris Teeter robbery.

Nine people arrested in connection to the robberies were indicted on federal charges in December. The five suspects who pleaded guilty this week would all face a maximum of life in prison.

Name, AgeHometownPleaded Guilty ToPossible Sentence

Cato M. Battle, 18

Virginia BeachConspiracy, robbery and using a firearm during a crime of violenceMandatory minimum of seven years; maximum of life.

Willey E. Brooks, Jr., aka “Wally”, 26

ChesapeakeConspiracy, and two counts each of robbery and using a firearm during a crime of violence

Mandatory minimum of 14 years; maximum of life.

Monica Perkins, 29

NorfolkConspiracy, robbery and using a firearm during a crime of violence

Mandatory minimum of seven years; maximum of life.

Brandon C. Tisdale, aka “Dot, GM”, 20

Virginia BeachConspiracy, and two counts each of robbery and using a firearm during a crime of violence

Mandatory minimum of 17 years; maximum of life.

Trevor L. Tisdale, aka “T”, 24

Virginia BeachConspiracy, and two counts each of robbery and using a firearm during a crime of violence

Mandatory minimum of 14 years; maximum of life.

Prosecutors said a sixth suspect, 21-year-old Keonte K. Yorkshire, pleaded guilty on Feb. 5 and could face between 17 years to life in prison.

Jury trials for three other suspects indicted in the case — 22-year-old Devonta Doyle, 19-year-old Darrius A. Heuser-Whitaker and 22-year-old Brennan K. Smith — have been scheduled for April 16.

Stay with WAVY.com for the latest updates on this case.

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