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Defendant gets prison term in Tecumseh store robbery

Kim Morava
Trey  Harlin-Sumlin

A Tecumseh man charged in connection with a 2019 armed robbery at a Tecumseh Family Dollar store has pleaded guilty in the case and been sentenced to 10 years in prison, court records show.

Trey Nathaniel Harlin-Sumlin, 23, was formally charged in January 2019 with first-degree robbery and feloniously pointing a firearm, court records show.

Harlin-Sumlin has been sentenced to 10 years with the Department of Corrections in each of the two counts, and he was ordered to pay fine fines and court costs. Sentences will run consecutively, although sentencing for the second count shows he is to be involved in a drug offender work camp.

Harlin-Sumlin was arrested in connection with the robbery at Tecumseh’s Family Dollar on Jan. 13, 2019.

Tecumseh police responded quickly to that evening incident thanks to a young boy in the store who dialed 911.

After the incident, Tecumseh Police Chief J.R. Kidney said that boy, 13, and his father, walked into the store as the suspect had others on the ground at gunpoint.

The suspect, later identified as Harlin-Sumlin, allegedly ordered the father and boy to the ground at gunpoint as well, Kidney said, but the boy ran to the bathroom and called police, Kidney said.

Because of that 911 call while the robbery was in progress, officers were quickly en route and saw the suspect fleeing the back door upon arrival, prompting an immediate search and investigation.

Through those efforts, the suspect was identified and then tracked down at his home a few blocks away from the store, the chief said, where he was taken into custody.

During the investigation, Kidney said police were able to recover the money taken during the Family Dollar robbery, as well as the fully loaded firearm that was used in the hold-up.

In addition, Kidney said officers found the mask the suspect used to disguise himself in the robbery, as well as drug paraphernalia, some counterfeit money and a stolen vehicle.

Harlin-Sumlin is currently jailed in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center while awaiting transfer to the Department of Corrections.