was charged with robbing Anna’s Liquors three times in the course of 24 hours.
It is the same store that she was charged with robbing slightly more than a year ago
, police allege.
Three times in 24 hours, Singletary went into Anna’s Liquors, 280 Rodman St., to threaten the 52-year-old clerk with a knife and take money, cigarettes and lottery tickets from the store, police alleged.
“This is just a few days after the defendant offered a plea for intimidating a witness, the charge that put her on a suspended sentence,” prosecutor Adrienne Beauregard alleged during Singletary’s arraignment in District Court Thursday.
When she admitted to intimidating a witness, Singletary was ordered to stay away from Anna’s Liquors and from the clerk on duty when the store was robbed three times this week, Beauregard said.
There won’t be a fourth robbery soon, Judge Toby Mooney ruled. She ordered Singletary held in custody until a hearing can be held to determine if her arrest violates her probation on the earlier charge.
The case initially began on April 26, 2011, when Singletary was arrested and charged with robbing Anna’s Liquors.
That charge was reduced to intimidating a witness and Singletary was released on a year of supervised probation after admitting to the crime in District Court on June 5.
Trouble began again on Tuesday at 4 p.m. when a woman walked into Anna’s Liquors with a kitchen knife in her hand. The woman had her white T-shirt pulled up to cover her face, police reported.
The clerk ran out the back door. When she returned, a handful of cash was gone from the register, police reported.
Singletary returned to the store at 10 a.m. Wednesday to rob the business again, police allege. Detective Steve Washington went to the store to go through the video security. He immediately recognized the robber as Singletary, said Detective J.D. Costa, a department spokesman.
“While Officer Raul Camara was still writing his report, the store was robbed again,” Costa said. Police were called by the store clerk at 2 p.m., who reported the woman came back with the same knife to take cash, cigarettes and a bottle of booze, police reported.
Singletary was arrested inside an apartment at 136 John St. Police said they recovered lottery tickets, cigarettes and a bottle of Mojo Shot Blue Lagoon liquor, all reported taken during the robberies.