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Man pleads guilty to stealing from grandmother

January 22, 1998

By MARLO BARNHART

Staff Writer

A man who stole more than $20,000 in jewelry from his own grandmother pleaded guilty to felony theft Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court.

James Michael Borum, 25, was returned to the Maryland Correctional Training Center where he is serving an 18-month sentence for bad checks.

Borum also is waiting to be sentenced on March 17 in Washington County District Court on a forgery charge.

Judge Donald Beachley on Thursday postponed Borum's sentencing for the felony theft plea until March 17 so the same pre-sentence investigation could be available to both him and District Judge Ralph France.

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"A pre-sentence investigation could only bring you up," Beachley said. "You're already as low as you can go - stealing from your grandmother."

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Arthur Rozes said the victim reported to Hagerstown City Police that about $20,000 in jewelry and a yellow bag had been taken from her home in the 1000 block of Potomac Avenue on Sept. 9.

When she called police, she said she believed her grandson, James Borum, was the thief since he had stolen from her before, Rozes said.

The next day, the bag was thrown into the victim's backyard, Rozes said. In the bag were several pieces of the jewelry and a pawn ticket that was traced back to Borum.

When he was arrested, Borum had several other stolen items in his possession, Rozes said.

"There are still items valued between $7,000 and $8,000 still missing but the victim doesn't care," Rozes said. "She just doesn't want anything to do with her grandson anymore."

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