Chesapeake man pleads guilty to string of armed robberies

Posted at 1:02 PM, Dec 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-03 13:02:10-05

Chesapeake, Va. – A 47-year-old Chesapeake man has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from several armed robberies that occurred in 2014 in both Chesapeake and Virginia Beach.

According to court documents, Raymond Wyche committed the robberies armed with a gun, aiming it at employees and demanding money.

He covered his face during the armed robberies but several witnesses that know him were able to identify him through video and audio surveillance. They recognized his voice, certain phrases he used, his mannerisms, size, shape, articles of clothing he wore, and a distinctive pinky ring that he had on his right pinky during all eight armed robberies, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

After one of the robberies, Wyche is seen shedding his clothing behind the store and his face was visible on surveillance images.

Wyche was indicted by a federal grand jury on August 5, 2015, on eight counts of interference with commerce by means of robbery and two counts of using a firearm during a crime of violence.  The following robberies were part of the indictment:

Feb. 11, 2014 7-Eleven, 6673 Indian River Road, Virginia Beach
March 19, 2014 Wilco-Hess, 6048 Indian River Road, Virginia Beach
March 25, 2014 7-Eleven, 201 S. Witchduck Road, Virginia Beach
April 25, 2014 Exxon, 841 S. Military Highway, Virginia Beach
June 6, 2014 BP, 4900 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach
June 25, 2014 Exxon, 1102 S. Military Highway, Chesapeake
June 29, 2014 7-Eleven, 5444 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Virginia Beach
July 16, 2014 Gulf, 6029 Indian River Road, Virginia Beach

Wyche faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced on March 16, 2016.