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Pair admits to robbing home

August 21, 1997

By MARLO BARNHART

Staff Writer

Two 15-year-olds, a boy and a girl, admitted Wednesday in Washington County Juvenile Court that they conspired in the burglary of a Hagerstown home and the theft of more than $750 in property last April.

Both were allowed to return home pending sentencing, although the boy will be monitored by the community detention program while living at home.

Assistant State's Attorney Joe Michael said a neighbor saw three people outside the victim's home on April 30 between 5 and 6 p.m.

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That neighbor watched as the girl went inside and two boys stood outside and yelled encouragement to her, Michael said.

The girl came out of the house with stolen property, Michael said. She then threw a rock at an outbuilding in an unsuccessful attempt to break the lock.

The witness last saw the three walking away carrying property, Michael said.

Among the items taken were a number of collectible baseball cards, Michael said. Some, but not all, were recovered.

The victim said entry was gained by damaging a door. She said her out-of-pocket expense was $250, with insurance taking care of the damage and the bulk of the loss.

"I'm upset that they invaded my home,'' the victim said. She noted that the boy used to come to her house and play with her children.

The third boy didn't appear in court Wednesday.

Judge John H. McDowell set restitution at $250 and ordered that it be split fairly between the three youths.

While the girl's record at school indicated poor grades and attendance, there were no suspensions.

The girl apologized in open court.

The boy had several suspensions, prompting McDowell to impose community detention on him pending sentencing.

"The court doesn't take these charges lightly,'' McDowell said. He ordered no contact with the victim in this case pending completion of pre-sentence reports on both youths.

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