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GREENBELT, Md. (WJZ)— A Maryland man pleaded guilty to robbing seven businesses and employees and attempting to rob a carry-out restaurant.

Duane James, 53, of Germantown entered a guilty plea to five counts of robbery on Tuesday.

According to his plea agreement, James robbed Maryland businesses and their employees from Jan. 21 to Feb. 17, 2013, each time wearing a ski mask and pointing what appeared to be a gun at the store clerks.

In Silver Spring, authorities say James stole $50 and $10,000 worth of jewelry at The Gold Spot store; $110 from the store register and $100 from the clerk’s wallet at the AT&T store; and $3,000 from the cash drawer and lottery proceeds at the Bel Pre Beer & Wine store.

In Rockville, James stole $1,500 from the register at the Shell Gas Station.

In Gaithersburg, James stole $400 from the store register and $5 from the clerk at the Walnut Hill Liberty Gas Station; $300 from the cash register and $200 from the clerk at Twinbrook Shell Gas Station; and $1,043 from the register and cigarettes at the Exxon Gas Station.

On Feb. 17, 2013 and prior to robbing the Exxon gas station that same day, James pointed what appeared to be a gun at a clerk at a take-out restaurant in Gaithersburg, demanding cash from the register. The clerk did not move or open the drawer. James left the store.

James faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 for each of the five counts robbery.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 14.

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