Upstate Man Sentenced

20 Years for Burglaries

Seth Stokes
July 10, 2018 - 9:21 am

A Spartanburg man received a 20-year prison sentence today after he admitted to robbing 10 local businesses at gunpoint over 6 weeks.

Dedrick Louis Belle, 47, pleaded guilty to 15 counts of armed robbery and 10 counts of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

Circuit Judge Mark Hayes issued a 30-year prison sentence that was suspended upon the service of 20 years and 5 years of probation.

The crime spree began Sept. 9, 2017 when Belle robbed Quik Trip convenience stores on Reidville Road and Fairview Church Road. The crime spree ended Oct. 15, 2017 when Belle was arrested during a traffic stop that followed the armed hold-up of the Circle K on East Blackstock Road. Sheriff’s deputies caught him in possession of cash, rolled pennies and 2 cartons of cigarettes that were taken during the robbery. Clothing found inside the car further connected Belle to the crime.

“Dedrick Belle is brazen and dangerous,” Solicitor Barry Barnette said. “In addition to stealing from the business, he targeted the store clerks as well. I’m thankful sheriff’s deputies were able to arrest him without anyone getting hurt.”

 Surveillance video helped connect Belle to robberies at Domino’s Pizza, Scotchman, Li’l Cricket Food Store, Dollar General, Spinx, Dollar Tree and Kangaroo Express.

Belle will serve 85 percent of the active prison sentence before he is eligible for parole or early release. His prior criminal record includes a conviction for attempted armed robbery

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