A District man was sentenced Friday to 30 years in prison for a string of armed robberies of D.C. taxi drivers in 2009.

In May and early June that year, Kevin Stoddard, 45, robbed four drivers at gunpoint and attempted to rob another, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in the District.

In four of the cases, authorities said, Stoddard got in cabs near 7th and H streets NW, in the Chinatown area, and asked to be taken to what turned out to be secluded areas of Northwest or Northeast Washington. Then he pulled out a gun and robbed them.

“Stoddard typically put the drivers at ease by engaging them in conversations about his personal life and family,” the U.S. attorney’s office said in a statement. “Many of the details Stoddard told the cab drivers were actually true – and the government and police were able to link him to the robberies with these details.”

In a November trial in D.C. Superior Court, Stoddard was convicted of four counts of armed robbery, one count of attempted armed robbery and several weapons-related charges.

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