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3 charged in theft from Starlite Inn

June 21, 1997

FUNKSTOWN - Three Funkstown residents were charged Friday with theft from the Starlite Inn, at 41 Frederick Road, at about 3 a.m. earlier that day, Maryland State Police in Hagerstown said.

Charles Richard Thompson, 23, and Eric Steven Campanelli, 20, both of Frederick Road, were charged with theft of over $300 and second and fourth degree burglary, police said.

Linda Dawn Campanelli, 23, also of Frederick Road, was charged with theft of over $300, police said.

When police arrived at the Starlite Inn at 6:55 a.m. Friday in response to a call from the owner, Chris Alan Schultz, they found that burglars had entered through the locked front door, police said.

Missing was $78 in cash from a kitchen drawer, $109 in liquor from a kitchen cabinet and 11 cases of various beers, police said.

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A Maryland identification card allegedly belonging to Charles Richard Thompson Jr., of 61 W. Franklin St., Hagerstown, was found on a chair in the bar and Schultz said it had not been there when he closed the Starlite at 2:45 that morning, police said.

Schultz told police that Thompson lived next door in a trailer across the parking lot, police said.

Thompson was questioned and allegedly said he couldn't remember anything except that he was with two other people, Eric and Linda Campanelli, police said.

The Campanellis were then contacted at their trailer, police said.

Linda Campanelli allegedly turned over to police $78 in cash and loose and rolled change from her purse and a large cup containing loose change, police said.

Eric Campanelli, who was allegedly under the influence of alcohol, denied any knowledge of the burglary, police said.

Linda Campanelli was released on personal recognizance.

Eric Campanelli and Thompson were both in the Washington County Detention Center Friday night on $50,000 bond each, police said.

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