Robber gets four life sentences for string of holdups

Posted Thursday, May. 16, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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An ex-offender who testified that he robbed businesses because he and his girlfriend ran out of money after he ordered her to quit her job as a topless dancer was sentenced to four life sentences on Thursday.

Charles Camp, 49, held up a Subway, a Plaza Liquor store, a Game Stop and a Shell Gas Station between April 1 and April 6, 2012, and was linked to at least seven other robberies in the area, according to a news release from the Tarrant County district attorney’s office.

During his trial this week in state District Judge Everett Young’s court, prosecutors Lisa Callaghan, Colin McLaughlin and Vincent Giardino presented evidence that Camp was an ex-offender on parole with four prior convictions in Kansas when he moved to Texas and began committing robberies in Tarrant County.

In all the robberies Camp’s girlfriend entered the business to see how busy it was and then Camp would enter the store with a gun and demand cash from the clerk, the release said.

Witnesses testified that they were terrified when Camp robbed.

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