Man Who Robbed Multiple New Castle County Tobacco Stores Under Federal Indictment

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WILMINGTON, Del. – A federal grand jury returned an indictment last week charging a Baltimore, Maryland man with three counts of Hobbs Act Robbery.

According to the indictment, Donald Gladden, 56, robbed three tobacco stores in New Castle, Delaware during a 10-day crime spree this summer. The Indictment alleges Gladden committed robberies on May 27, May 31, and June 5, 2022, taking cash and Newport cigarettes during each incident.

Gladden is charged with three counts of Hobbs Act Robbery, one for each store.  If convicted, he faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each count.  A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

David C. Weiss, U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware, made the announcement.  The Delaware State Police Robbery Unit out of Troop 2 in Bear, Delaware is investigating the case with assistance from the FBI.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Eli H. Klein is prosecuting the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware. Related court documents and information is located on the website of the District Court for the District of Delaware or on PACER.

An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.