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Boys charged in theft of purebred rabbits

March 06, 1997

By MARLO BARNHART

Staff Writer

Two youngsters implicated in the May 18 theft of five purebred show rabbits, and the violent death of at least one of the animals, appeared before Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell Wednesday.

The children, ages 8 and 10, were charged with theft and destruction of property.

Partly because of their ages and other circumstances, the prosecution and defense agreed that dismissing the charges and ordering restitution was the best solution.

The amount agreed upon was $250 payable at the rate of $20 a week. The family to whom the rabbits belonged were in court Wednesday and agreed to the disposition of the case.

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The rabbits were taken from behind a home in the 400 block of South Mulberry Street on May 18, Hagerstown City Police said.

A witness apparently saw four youngsters take the rabbits.

The witness told police that one of the rabbits apparently was thrown to a large dog, which ate the animal.

Only two youths were identified.

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