A group of young men with ties to Baltimore are behind three recent robberies in Dover Township, according to police, who have arrested three of the men for allegedly committing an armed and violent home-invasion robbery.
"This is a group of budding criminals that have terrorized Dover Township for the last month," Northern Regional Lt. David Lash said. "This 'Dover H's' group is responsible for the mayhem."
All three of the robberies happened within a three- or four-block area that's easy walking distance to the 2604 Victorian Drive home of one of the alleged robbers -- Devoid Williams IV.
He was free on $20,000 bail for another set of robbery charges when he allegedly helped pull off the home invasion.
Williams, 19, and two
Local crew: All three are charged with robbery, conspiracy, burglary, simple assault, theft, crimes committed with firearms and other offenses. Finley also is charged with possessing a gun with an altered serial number.
Lash described the "Dover H's" (short for "Dover Heights") as a local "crew," not a full-fledged organized criminal gang.
The crew's leader -- who is not charged in the robberies and has not been named -- hails from the "Murder Heights" or "Homicide Heights" area of Baltimore, which is where the Dover Township crew got its name, according to documents.
Williams and Martinez were born in Maryland, according to Lash.
Punched: Charging documents state Williams, Finley and Martinez knocked on the Tiffany Drive door of Shawn Shutt about 7:55 p.m. Dec. 4, and one of them punched Shutt in the face when he
Shutt fell backward and all three men barged in, demanding to know where the valuables were, documents state.
The robbers wore masks and Martinez was carrying some kind of stick.
Williams was holding a .22-caliber bolt-action rifle, which he pointed at Shutt's wife, Tabitha Shutt, according to charging documents. She escaped injury, as did the couple's three children, police said.
Also unhurt was Joshua Miller of Dover Township, who broke the case wide open.
'Shocked': Miller told officers he was killing zombies while playing the Call of Duty video game when the robbers burst in.
He said he recognized all three robbers, despite their masks, police said.
"Miller stated he is friends with Finley, Martinez and Williams and they hang out at his house," documents state. "Miller went on to state (that) when they saw him, all three males' eyes got big, like they were shocked and worried to see him sitting there."
The robbers took the Shutts' cell phones and video games, then fled.
Police, armed with a search warrant, raided Finley's home Tuesday morning. He was lying on a living-room couch, and officers found one of the stolen cellphones next to him, documents state.
No serial number: Six feet away from Finley, police found a .22-caliber handgun with an obliterated serial number and a box of .22-caliber ammunition, according to documents.
Williams confessed to his role in the robbery after being arrested, police said.
Williams also remains charged in the Nov. 4 robbery of two 18-year-olds in Dover Township.
Police said he and three others cut one of the teens in the chin or throat during the robbery.
The "Dover H's" group is also behind the knifepoint robbery of three teenagers just before 9 p.m. Nov. 16 in Dover Township Community Park in the 3700 block of Davidsburg Road, according to Lash.
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