Crew used encrypted comms to orchestrate robberies in the area, court papers show

NORFOLK — Court documents say a highly organized crew using encrypted communications robbed three area grocery stores earlier this year.

According to court documents, the crew used lookouts, earpieces and police scanner apps to coordinate maneuvers in the string of robberies in Chesapeake and Virginia Beach between late September and early October. Last week, nine people were indicted on related federal charges.

Court documents say each robbery included inside and outside lookouts, getaway drivers and two gunmen. The gunmen would find a manager and demand the store’s safe be opened.

One employee was shot during the Oct. 3 robbery at a Virginia Beach Harris Teeter. The employee survived.

The defendants are between the ages of 18 and 29. All nine were charged with conspiracy to interfere with commerce and other counts:

  • Cato M. Battle, 18, Virginia Beach: Two counts of robbery;  Two counts of using a firearm during a crime of violence
  • Willey E. Brooks, Jr., aka “Wally”, 26, Chesapeake: Two counts of robbery; Two counts of using a firearm during a crime of violence
  • Devonta Doyle, aka “Vontay”, 22, Virginia Beach: Three counts of robbery; Three counts of using a firearm during a crime of violence; Felon in possession of a firearm
  • Darrius A. Heuser-Whitaker, 19, Virginia Beach: Two counts of robbery; Two counts of using a firearm during a crime of violence
  • Monica Perkins, 29, Norfolk: Robbery
  • Brennan K. Smith, aka “Dub”, 22, Virginia Beach: Robbery; Using a firearm during a crime of violence
  • Brandon C. Tisdale, aka “Dot, GM”, 20, Virginia Beach: Three counts of robbery; Three counts of using a firearm during a crime of violence
  • Trevor L. Tisdale, aka “T”, 24, Virginia Beach: Two counts of robbery; Two counts of using a firearm during a crime of violence
  • Keonte K. Yorkshire, aka “Tae”, 21, Virginia Beach: Three counts of robbery; Three counts of using a firearm during a crime of violence

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.