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Man charged with felony theft

February 03, 1998|By MARLO BARNHART

Man charged with felony theft

A man who did some painting for the victim of a large gun theft has been charged with the crime, Washington County sheriff's deputies said.

Wilbur Roy Tosten Sr., 49, of 11546 Hopewell Road, faces charges of felony theft and first-, third- and fourth-degree burglary.

Tosten posted a $20,000 bond on those charges, and was released Monday to the custody of Pennsylvania authorities, who wanted him on unrelated charges, according to deputies.

In January, Investigator Roy Harsh sought new information on the crime, which was discovered last June.

On Jan. 20, Tosten and another man were taken into custody following an unrelated burglary in Pennsylvania, Harsh said.

No one else has been charged, Harsh said.

Among the items missing were eight antique Revolutionary and Civil War rifles and two handguns, Harsh said.

The thefts at a home in the 14200 block of Pennsylvania Avenue were reported on June 14.

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The victim had the weapons, valued at more than $10,000, displayed in his home and told Harsh they could have been missing for some time before he noticed they were gone.

None of the items has been recovered.

Harsh is still hoping that antique dealers and collectors may have information on the whereabouts of the stolen items.

Anyone with information can contact Harsh at 1-301-791-3300, Ext. 117.

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