Norfolk man sentenced to 13 years for a dozen armed robberies

A Department of Justice logo is shown on a podium during a news conference about Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp., Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A Norfolk man will spend 13 years in prison for numerous commercial armed robberies he committed in the Hampton Roads area.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice Eastern District of Virginia, 57-year-old Anthony Charles Hunter committed a total of 12 armed robberies at businesses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk and Virginia Beach in September and October of 2007.

Hunter pleaded guilty to charges of interference with commerce by robbery and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence on Oct. 28, 2015.

In one instance, officials say Hunter took $8,000 in cash from the Acredale Center Citgo in Virginia Beach on Oct. 15, 2007.

He reportedly entered business, paid $3 for gas and left — only to return moments later.

Hunter reportedly approached the clerk, brandished a firearm and ordered her to be quiet. The clerk was in the process of counting the store’s money from the weekend and had the safe open at the time.

Officials say the clerk struck Hunter in the head after he walked behind the counter. Hunter then hit her in the head with his firearm — and forced her to floor behind the counter.

He told her to be quiet and struck her again, before collecting the cash and leaving the store.

Hunter has also been ordered to pay $10,396 in restitution for the robberies.

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