NORFOLK — A 25-year-old man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for his part in an armed robbery spree that impacted business in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and Hampton.
Zakee Hawkins, of Norfolk, was sentenced for his part in 15 robberies, which included two other people acting as his co-conspirators, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
The robberies began in August 2016 and lasted until January 2017. They happened at several businesses, including a Metro PCS, 7-Eleven, Boost Mobile, Fast Auto Loan and Tinee Giant. The men used guns and stole money during all of the robberies, which impacted 50 employees working at the stores, according to the DOJ.
Hawkins was arrested after 15 of the robberies, but his co-conspirators continued to commit the crimes by robbing another 16 business, according to the DOJ.